Ladder Safety Subpart X 29 CFR 1926.1053(a)(1) ANSI – A14.1, A14.2, A14.5 Ladder Safety requirements

Terminal Objective:

Given best practices and current OSHA and industry information regarding worksite illnesses, injuries, and/or fatalities, the student will be able to recognize how to protect himself/herself from hazards associated with stairways and ladders.

Enabling Objectives:

  1. Identify types of stairways and ladders used at a construction site.
  2. Describe types of hazards (i.e., slips, trips, and falls) associated with the use of stairs and ladders.
  3. Describe protective methods used to prevent stairway and ladder hazards.
  4. Recognize employer requirements to protect workers from stairway and ladder hazards.
  5. And what does OSHA require if it doesn’t pass inspection?


  • PowerPoint Presentation: Stairs and Ladders
  • Knowledge Check: Test on Stairs and Ladders safety.


  • OSHA Fact Sheet: Reducing Falls in Construction – Safe Use of Extension Ladders
  • OSHA Fact Sheet: Reducing Falls in Construction – Safe Use of Stepladders
  • OSHA Fact Sheet: Reducing Falls in Construction – Safe Use of Job-made Wooden Ladders
  • Inspection Sheet: Stairs & ladders.
  • Topic test for Stairs and Ladders

Types of ladders and stairways in construction that will be covered in training.

  1. Ladders
  2. Portable – a ladder that can be readily moved or carried.
    1. Self-supporting (Ex. Stepladder or other foldout types)
    2. Non-self-supporting (Ex. Extension ladder or other leaning types)
  3. Fixed – a ladder that cannot be readily moved or carried because it is an integral part of a building or structure.
  4. Job-made wooden ladder

  5. Stairways
    1. Temporary stairways
    2. Permanent

Instructor ratio: 1/25 Length of training: 2-4hrs depends on number of ladders been trained on site specific