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Text Description of Figure 3:
Typical steel access ladder – elevated access
General arrangement – cage requirement for wide landings

  • Issued: July 2014
  • Content last reviewed: July 2014

Disclaimer: This resource has been prepared to help the workplace parties understand some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations. For further information please see full disclaimer.

Figure 3 shows the general arrangement of a typical steel ladder attached to the side of a building that has an elevated access platform and requires a safety cage for wide landings. The figure shows a side view of the ladder attached to the building. The top of the building and ground level are shown. The distance from the ground level of the roof or floor to the top of the highest rung shall be greater than 5 metres. The distance from the floor of the elevated access platform to the top of the highest rung shall be 5 metres or less. The height from the floor of the elevated access platform to the bottom of the safety cage shall not exceed 2.2 metres. The distance between the side rails and the guard rail of the elevated access platform shall be a minimum of 1.2 metres. The side rails shall extend a minimum of 900 millimetres above the landing. Attachment and anchor bolts should have a minimum diameter of 12 millimetres. Maximum spacing of attachment points should be 3 metres.

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