Ladder Fall Protection
The fall arrest ladders provide a safe and controlled environment while ascending and descending an access ladder. This fall protection system produces an innovative solution for vertical climbing that provides superior safety. Ladder fall protection comprises of either track or a wire-based system that can be broadly split into vertical safety lines and vertical track systems.
These fixed ladders allow for multiple users per track at one time and they require basic training on working height and PPE. Height safety is important and fall protection is required when the ladder is 24 feet or greater in length. The ladder must be inspected annually.
The fall arrest ladders are aesthetically pleasing and come in a range of materials including stainless steel, galvanised steel and aluminium. This cost-effective solution is a robust effective alternative to the traditional caged access ladders.
How Fall Arrest Works
The ladders have an innovative system design and can be clamped or mechanically fixed to most structures, including brickwork, concrete and steel structures. They are easy to use and are commonly installed on a range of different sectors such as hotels, education and offices.
Users wear a body harness that connects them to a shock-absorbing travelling device that runs along the track. The shock-absorbing mechanism reduces the force on the worker and the system. Users can glide easily along the ladder and a smooth journey is guaranteed. This ladder system allows workers to move up and down hands-free without any manual adjustment. Therefore, giving workers the freedom to perform their jobs efficiently and safely.
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In the event of a fall, a worker with ladder fall protection is far less likely to be injured during the fall arrest process compared to a fall from a traditional hoop system.
These systems provide complete fall arrest protection in the event of accidental falls whilst ascending or descending fixed ladders.
The traveller moves easily along the fall arrest rail holding the user close to the ladder, giving the user total confidence while climbing. This ladder system complies with the following standards:
- BS EN353‐1
- BS EN 795 – Class D
Testing/Inspection standards and frequency:
Class D Fall Protection systems under BS EN 795- minimum of every 12 months and/or after every fall by a working at height specialist company
These systems and any associated PPE equipment must be inspected before and after every use by a trained user.
These systems are available in a range of materials and finishes, Please see below:
- Stainless Steel
- Galvanised Steel
This ladder system can be clamped or mechanically fixed to most structures including brickwork/concrete and cladding on buildings, and steel structures such as towers, poles and masts.
Fall Arrest Ladder systems are also known as:
- Ladder Fall Protection Systems
- Fall Arrest Tracks
These fall arrest systems are commonly installed in the following sectors:
- Hotels / Leisure
Users are required to wear an EN361 compliant body harness in order to connect to the shock absorbing fall arrest device. Only attach to the system by means of the front D‐ring on a compliant full body harness. Always check pre‐tension before use.
Fall arrest ladder systems are a safe, aesthetically pleasing and cost effective alternative to traditional hooped ladders.
Available Materials & Finishes