Ladders, Portable and Fixed

Chapter 296-876, WAC

Effective Date: 12/01/06

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WAC 296-876-800

Fixed ladder use

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Your Responsibility

To use fixed ladders safely

Design load

Climbing and descending


WAC 296-876-80005

Design load

You must

  • Make sure not to overload ladders. Do not exceed either the:
    • - Maximum intended load


    • - Manufacturer's rated capacity.



  • The maximum intended load is the total load of all persons, equipment, tools, materials, transmitted loads, and other loads reasonably anticipated to be applied to a ladder or ladder component at any one time.

WAC 296-876-80010

Climbing and descending 

You must

  • Have both hands free to hold on to the ladder.
  • Face the ladder when climbing or descending.
  • Keep ladders free of oil, grease, or other slippery materials.


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