Vertical Lifelines & Ladder Davits

The two most common solutions for ladder fall arrest systems are cable based vertical lifelines and ladder davits with self-retracting lifelines.

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Fall Protection For Ladders & Towers Utilizing Vertical Lifelines & Ladder Davits

The two most common solutions for ladder fall arrest systems are cable based vertical lifelines and ladder davits with self-retracting lifelines. These systems are easily installed on new or existing ladders.

One of the challenges with ladder fall arresting systems is determining if the ladder is capable of supporting the loads of a personal fall arrest system. Many ladders were never designed with the intention of being able to take the loads and forces that occur during a fall. This is why having an experienced fall protection engineer on your team is especially important.

A Complete Solution for Fall Safety

It is also important to ensure that your vertical fall arrest system does not create any additional hazards to your workers. Your FLS fall protection specialist will not only evaluate the dimensional aspects of your ladder but also the means of entry and exit from the system to provide a solution that protects your workers not only during the climb but also during access.



Our team of registered structural engineers, AutoCAD designers and field engineers can analyze your ladder to ensure it is structurally capable of support a personal fall arrest or engineer a solution to allow for one.



To maintain the highest level of quality, every system part and manufactured component is thoroughly inspected, processed and supplied in accordance with our ISO 9001:2015 program.



Flexible Lifeline Systems coordinators, trainers, technicians, and engineers proactively ensure solutions are properly used, serviced, inspected and remain compliant with latest standards and regulations through annual recertification.

OSHA Regulations for Ladder Systems

In January of 2017, OSHA issued a long awaited update to the 1910 general industry standard for fall protection. OSHA’s 1910 Walking Working Surface Standard updated and clarified standards and added training and inspection requirements.

The rule incorporates advances in technology, industry best practices, and national consensus standards to provide effective and cost-efficient worker protection.

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


Most of the rule became effective January 17, 2017, 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Ensuring exposed workers are trained on fall hazards (May 17, 2017),

Ensuring workers who use equipment covered by the final rule are trained (May 17, 2017),

Inspections & Certifications:
Inspecting and certifying permanent anchorages for rope descent systems (November 20, 2017),

Fall Protection Systems:
Installing personal fall arrest or ladder safety systems on new fixed ladders over 24 feet and on replacement ladders/ladder sections, including fixed ladders on outdoor advertising structures (November 19, 2018),

Ensuring existing fixed ladders over 24 feet, including those on outdoor advertising structures, are equipped with a cage, well, personal fall arrest system, or ladder safety system (November 19, 2018), and

Fall Protection Systems to replace Cages on Fixed Ladders:
As of November 19th, 2018, cages are no longer considered compliant fall protection in newly installed ladders. To meet OSHA standards, a personal fall arrest system or a ladder safety system is required.

Replacing cages and wells (used as fall protection) with ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems on all fixed ladders over 24 feet (November 18, 2036).

Fall protection is required on ladders taller than (or that extend beyond) 24 feet.

As of November 18th, 2018, a personal fall arrest system or ladder safety system will be used to replace any damaged or nonfunctioning section, cage or well previously installed on a fixed ladder.

As of November 19th 2036, cages will no longer be accepted as a form of fall protection, and all fixed ladders taller than (or that extend beyond) 24 feet high must use a personal fall arrest system or a ladder safety system.