Guidelines about Cages
Caged ladders are used as a precaution for buildings that have ladders on the exterior. OSHA has a number of regulations when it comes to ladder cages. Whether or not a ladder needs a cage depends on the height of the ladder, the height of the building, and a number of other factors. The cages are designed to protect the person climbing, but they are not always very successful.
How Cages can be Dangerous
Cages are supposed to protect the operator and keep him or her safe while climbing. While the Cage does keep the operator from falling directly from the top of the ladder all the way to the ground, there are often other issues. For example, if the operator slips, he or she will end up bouncing back and forth inside the cage until the ground is reached. This bouncing has caused numerous bruises and broken bones. In fact, I’ve actually heard ladders with a cage called a the cheese grater because of the injuries that happen. Another risk of the cage and other exterior ladders is that anyone can walk up and climb them, creating a huge liability.
Better Solutions to Cages
Believe it or not, there is another solution to the caged ladder. Many businesses need a ladder on the outside for convenience reasons so. Little Giant has created a safer option. The LedgeLock Roof Mount can be secured to any roof. Then, an extension ladder from Little Giant with the Claw can easily and safely connect to the LedgeLock. The Claw is weigh-activated and helps the operator work safely. When the work is done, the ladder is stored and the LedgeLock stays on the roof for next time. The danger of the fixed ladder is gone, as is the danger of the cage. I’ve looked for other solutions to the caged ladder, but so far this is the best one I’ve heard of.
In reality, Caged ladders can be quite dangerous. Let’s take the necessary precautions to be safer and to help those around us be safer too.