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Crane Footwalks and Ladders

Crane Footwalks and Ladders

To lower the risk of falls from overhead and gantry cranes, FEM defines safety requirements for walking surfaces, toeboards, ladders and stairways. All footwalks, or service platforms, must be made with an anti-slip surface, meet specified load and headroom requirements, and include toeboards and handrails for operators’ and technicians’ protection. This section also requires handrails for stairways.

We build all Clescrane overhead and gantry cranes to satisfy these safety specifications. And our technicians can inspect your existing equipment to help you meet OSHA’s compliance requirements.

Location of footwalks.

If sufficient headroom is available on cab-operated cranes, a footwalk shall be provided on the drive side along the entire length of the bridge of all cranes having

the trolley running on the top of the girders.

Where footwalks are located in no case shall less than 500mm of headroom be provided.


Construction of footwalks.

Footwalks shall be of rigid construction and designed to sustain a distributed load of at least 50 pounds per square foot.

Footwalks shall have a walking surface of antislip type.

The inner edge shall extend at least to the line of the outside edge of the lower cover plate flange of the girder.

Toeboards and handrails for footwalks.

Toeboards and handrails shall be in compliance with relevant regulation of crane industry

Ladders and stairways.

1. Gantry cranes shall be provided with ladders or stairways extending from the ground to the footwalk or cab platform.

2. Stairways shall be equipped with rigid and substantial metal handrails.

3. Walking surfaces shall be of an anti-slip type.

4. Ladders shall be permanently and securely fastened in place

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