Stairways & Ladders for Construction

Overview: Working on and around stairways and ladders is hazardous. Stairways and ladders are major sources of injuries and fatalities among construction workers for example, and many of the injuries are serious enough to require time off the job.

OSHA rules apply to all stairways and ladders used in construction, alteration, repair, painting, decorating and demolition of worksites covered by OSHA's construction safety and health standards.

Standard(s) Covered: 1926 – Subpart X

Attendees will be able to:
• Recognize potential hazards related to stairways and ladders
• Identify ways to minimize stairway and ladder hazards
• Describe the proper construction, use, placement, and care in handling stairways and ladders
• Choose the best stairway or ladder for a given job.

Stairways & Ladders for Construction covers the following topics:

• Stepladders
• Portable Ladders
• Fixed Ladders
• Cages for Fixed Ladders
• Wells for Fixed Ladders
• Defective Ladders

• Stairways Used During Construction
• Temporary Stairs
• Stair Rails
• Handrails
• Midrail