Staircase Installations and OSHA’s New Standard

side view of a staircase installation on a roof top

Back in November of 2018, OSHA introduced a new fall protection regarding new cage and fixed ladder standards. Under OSHA’s 1910 Walking-Working Surface Standard, fixed ladder protocols are being redefined and cages are being phased out as an acceptable form of fall protection. These standards are aimed to help decrease falls on the job and to help increase employee safety practices in everyday operations.

“OSHA estimates that these changes will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries every year.”

This standard is specifically directed at general industry workplaces like warehouses, production plants, utilities, retail and manufacturing complexes. OSHA has given these facilities a transition period lasting from November 19, 2018 until November 18, 2036.

structural welding team uses crane to move staircase

One safe alternative that facilities have been opting for is a staircase installation in lieu of any sort of fixed ladder structure—mainly to avoid personal fall arrest systems they’d have to implement in the future—by OSHA’s deadline in 2036. We have installed staircases at a variety of industrial complexes over the past four years and can guarantee a fast, cost-effective installation process. McMahan has the knowledge and experience to help keep your facility operating safely for all employees.

Relevant Details:

  • Aimed at general industry workplaces like warehouses, utilities, retail & manufacturing complexes with an effective date of November 19, 2018.
  • For caged, fixed ladders erected before November 19, 2018, employers have up to 20 years to install ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems (1910.28(b)(9)(i)(A)).
  • For new, fixed ladders erected on or after November 19, 2018, the employer must equip the ladder with a ladder safety or personal fall arrest system (1910.28(b)(9)(i)(B)).
  • After November 18, 2036 all fixed ladders must be equipped with a ladder safety or
    personal fall arrest system (1910.28(b)(9)(i)(D)).

For more information on OSHA’s newest fall standard visit OSHA’s website here.

staircase installation front view on a roof top

How Can We Help?

  • Our structural welding crew has years of field experience working with staircase installations in all types of industrial settings. With OSHA’s new fall protections, we have seen an increase in facilities choosing to install a staircase instead of keeping a fixed ladder. This forgoes any future need to remove cages and wells and ultimately is an investment in the safety of their employees.
  • For a staircase installation, we oversee the whole job from start to finish. We will come on-site and take measurements and remove the existing, welded ladder, prep and install the staircase, and then will haul the unused parts from the ladder off-site.
  • Whether your new staircase installation area is located indoors or outdoors, or high or low, we have the equipment, expertise, and crew to get it done.
  • With our installation experience, we can help keep your facility operating safely by OSHA standards, keeping both your facility compliant and your employee’s safe.

Other Services We Offer:

In addition to replacing and installing feed tank systems, we are a full-service welding and mobile welding, custom fabrication, and pipe fitting company. From small repair jobs to larger installation projects, McMahan is equipped to handle your needs. 

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  We are locally owned and operated out of Norwalk, Iowa and serve the greater Des Moines, Sioux City, and Council Bluffs areas as well as parts of Omaha, Nebraska. Our team has the resources to travel to you and operate out of our mobile pipe fitting operation. 

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