Q & A: Portable Ladder - ANSI Standards

Q & A: Portable Ladder - ANSI Standards

Barrett Pryce

Barrett Pryce

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Barrett Pryce is the Marketing Manager with Vivid Learning Systems, an online safety training provider making life a little easier for safety professionals.

Question: “What is the minimum weight capacity allowed for a portable ladder in general industry?”

Answer: Wood, or metal? In relation to portable metal ladders, the 1910.26 standard does state that…

1910.26(c)(3)(ii)

Portable ladders are designed as a one-man working ladder based on a 200-pound load.

1910.25, covering portable wood ladders, makes no mention load capacity.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) does specify maximum load capacity for wood and metal ladders by rating, type and load:

Wood

Duty Rating

Ladder Type

(Pounds)

Extra Heavy-Duty

IA

300

Heavy- Duty

I

250

Medium-Duty

II

225

Light-Duty

III

200

Metal

Duty Rating

Ladder Type

(Pounds)

Special Duty

IAA

375

Extra Heavy-Duty

IA

300

Heavy- Duty

I

250

Medium-Duty

II

225

Light-Duty

III

200

There is no general industry guidance from OSHA for these “Walking-Working Surfaces” for minimum capacity.

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