Ladder Safety Systems

Ladder Safety Systems

Safety when ascending and descending a ladder system remains paramount but also it is important that the worker can complete the work by ascending and descending comfortably and without restrictions. In the event of a fall, a worker attached to a ladder safety system is far less likely to be injured than when relying on a traditional caged ladder. Cage systems do not arrest falls and can in some circumstances prevent fall arrest systems from working.  

Detailed below are the main types of ladder safety system:

Wire Based 

Wire based vertical fall arrest systems conforming to BS EN 353-1 (2014) provide a reliable and effective means of protecting against falls from vertical ladders.

The system can be fitted to ladders on poles, towers, and much more. Free running attachment devices provide operatives with the security of being constantly attached to the system while also having both hands free to go about their duties. If a worker should fall from the system, the device immediately locks onto the wire system and arrests the fall, minimizing fall distance and associated impact loads.

Rail Based

This system comprises a fall arrest carriage inside a guide rail. In the event of a fall the carriage positively locks into closely spaced notches so that a fall is arrested within a few centimetres. Falling forces are spread evenly over a minimum of four mounting brackets, not just by the top bracket as in the case of wire systems. 

Available as a rail for attaching to existing ladders or as a complete ladder with built in safety rail for new access installations, rail based systems can be specified in aluminium, hot-dip galvanized steel and stainless steel to suit even the harshest environments. Pivoting rung options that present a slim line profile when not in use are available if aesthetics are a priority.  

Workers using fixed ladder systems should undertake training. Click here to find out more about our fixed ladder rescue course.  

Installation, Testing and Certification

Ladder safety systems should be installed by a competent company and be inspected annually to maintain safety standards. As experts in fall protection solutions, we offer a full design service, installation of the product and can provide ongoing annual inspection and certification. 

Click here to find out more about our testing and certification offer.

For more information about our ladder safety systems please contact our fall protection experts on 0330 390 0822 or email

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