Rolling Ladders

Rolling Ladders

These ladders have wheels and can be moved around a warehouse or factory floor easily.

What are Rolling Ladders

Industrial rolling ladders, also known as mobile ladders, are highly versatile and used in a variety of applications where safe and adjustable height access is required. They provide a sturdy, safe, and portable solution for workers who need to reach high places.

Industrial rolling ladders, also known as mobile ladders or rolling safety ladders, are designed to provide safe and easy access to elevated areas, along with the ability to be easily moved around the workplace. They are commonly used in environments where workers need to frequently change their working location at elevated heights.

What are the primary uses?

  1. Access to Storage Areas: Rolling ladders are commonly used in warehouses, distribution centers, or other storage facilities where employees need to access high shelving or racking systems to retrieve or stock items.
  2. Maintenance and Inspection: These ladders are used in maintenance tasks where access to elevated or hard-to-reach areas is necessary. They are useful in environments with machinery, equipment, or systems that require regular inspection or servicing.
  3. Manufacturing and Assembly Lines: Rolling ladders can provide essential access to elevated areas in manufacturing and assembly operations, where employees might need to oversee or manage various stages of the production process.
  4. Retail Stores: In large retail environments, such as supermarkets or department stores, rolling ladders are used to reach high shelves for stocking and retrieving products.
  5. Libraries and Archives: In libraries or archival environments, rolling ladders provide safe access to high bookshelves and storage areas.
  6. Aircraft and Vehicle Maintenance: In aircraft hangars or automotive repair shops, rolling ladders are used to provide safe access to elevated areas of vehicles or aircraft that require maintenance or inspection.
  7. Laboratories: In research or laboratory environments, rolling ladders can provide access to high shelves where equipment or specimens are stored.

Safety is crucial when using rolling ladders, and they should be equipped with safety features such as locking casters or wheels, guardrails, and slip-resistant steps. It’s also essential that they are used in accordance with safety guidelines set out by organizations like OSHA.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides detailed guidelines for the safe design, construction, and use of rolling ladders in industrial settings. Here are some of the key criteria that an OSHA-compliant industrial rolling ladder should meet:


  1. Stability: Ladders must be stable and capable of supporting their maximum intended load. This includes both the weight of the user and any tools or materials that they may be carrying. Rolling ladders must have a step width of at least 16 inches.
  2. Steps and Rungs: Steps should be uniformly spaced and arranged, with a rise between 6 to 7.5 inches and a depth of at least 10 inches. Rungs should have a minimum diameter of three-fourths inch for metal ladders.
  3. Handrails and Guardrails: Rolling ladders that are 4 feet or higher must have guardrails with a vertical height of 42 inches to prevent falls. Handrails should also be provided on both sides of the ladder.
  4. Toeboards: Toeboards should be present if the ladder is 10 feet or higher, or if there is a hazard of tools or equipment falling from the ladder.
  5. Slip-Resistant Steps: Steps should be slip-resistant to prevent accidental slips and falls. This can be achieved by using materials with a rough surface or applying an anti-slip coating.
  6. Locking Mechanism: Rolling ladders must have a locking mechanism or another arrangement that keeps the ladder stable while in use.
  7. Maintenance and Inspections: The ladder must be regularly inspected for any wear, damage, or other safety concerns, and any issues should be addressed immediately.
  8. User Training: Workers should be trained in proper ladder use, including how to climb safely, carry items, and move the ladder.

Remember, these are general guidelines. The specific requirements can vary, and more detailed information can be found in the OSHA standards. Always refer to the most recent OSHA regulations to ensure full compliance.

Rolling ladders, also known as library or warehouse ladders, are often used in commercial or industrial environments where employees need to access high shelves or storage areas safely. They are equipped with caster wheels that allow them to be easily moved and locked in place when in use. The International Building Code (IBC) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) do not provide specific guidelines for rolling ladders, as these are not typically permanent parts of a building’s structure. However, for safe and practical use of rolling ladders, some general guidelines based on various safety standards include:


  1. Sturdy Construction: Rolling ladders should be constructed of robust and durable materials, typically metal or high-quality wood, and should be designed to bear a specified maximum load.
  2. Locking Mechanism: The ladder’s wheels should have a locking mechanism to secure the ladder in place when it is being used to prevent it from moving or tipping.
  3. Handrails: Handrails should be provided on both sides of the ladder for safety. They should be easy to grip and secure.
  4. Steps: Steps should be flat, wide, and secure enough to stand on comfortably, and they should feature a non-slip surface.
  5. Height and Depth: The height and depth of the steps should be uniform to prevent missteps and falls.
  6. Guard Rails: If the ladder is of significant height, guard rails around the top platform can provide additional safety.
  7. Tip-resistant: The ladder’s design should be stable and tip-resistant, even when fully loaded.
  8. Tilt and Roll Design: Some rolling ladders are designed to be tilted slightly to move and then sit flat for use, which provides additional stability.

It’s important to note that rolling ladders are not typically designed to meet accessibility requirements for individuals with mobility impairments as outlined by the ADA. Therefore, alternative solutions for accessing high areas, such as platform lifts, may be necessary for these individuals.

Always consult with a safety professional or local authority when selecting or using a rolling ladder, and ensure any ladder meets the safety standards set by organizations such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) or ANSI (American National Standards Institute).

Commercial rolling ladders that comply with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and IBC (International Building Code) standards incorporate specific safety features to ensure user safety and accessibility. These standards regulate the design, construction, and use of these ladders to minimize risks and ensure safety. Here are some key features of OSHA and IBC compliant commercial rolling ladders:


  1. Stability: Rolling ladders should have a step-lock mechanism or similar means to keep the ladder stable when in use. OSHA requires that this mechanism be engaged before anyone climbs the ladder.
  2. Guardrails: According to OSHA, rolling ladders with a platform height above 10 feet must have guardrails and toeboards on the exposed sides and ends of the platform.
  3. Steps: OSHA requires steps of a rolling ladder to be uniformly spaced and have a slip-resistant surface. The slope of the steps is also regulated and should not be more than 60 degrees from the horizontal.
  4. Handrails: Ladders with a platform height of over four feet must have handrails with a height between 30 and 37 inches.
  5. Access: Ladder access should be designed so that the user does not have to step over the wheels to reach the first rung.
  6. Platform: The platform should be at least 15 inches wide, and the length should provide sufficient room for the user to safely perform their work.

Remember that while OSHA sets minimum safety standards for the workplace, IBC standards can vary by location and the specifics of the building code in your jurisdiction. Always consult with a professional to ensure full compliance with all applicable regulations.

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