Cage Ladders

Customizable Aluminum Cage Ladder Models

  • Lightweight, corrosion-resistant, low maintenance aluminum
  • Serrated square rings for maximum strength and safety
  • Non-spark, high strength aluminum
  • All stainless steel hardware
  • Standard mill finish with anodized, painted or powder coated finishes available at additional cost

OSHA defines a cage as an enclosure mounted on the side rails of a fixed ladder or fastened to a structure behind the fixed ladder which surrounds the climbing space of the ladder.

A cage ladder is typically used for easy roof and mezzanine access, high or hazardous locations such as areas in close proximity to a roof edge or high-voltage power lines, outdoor advertising, access to interior roof or floor hatches, elevator pits, and for manhole access, and door/wall hatch access.

Note that per OSHA 1910.28(b)(9)(i), new fixed access ladders that extend more than 24 feet (7.3 m) above a lower level and installed on and after November 19, 2018 can no longer use cages.  A personal fall arrest system or a ladder safety system must be used.


Do you need a safety cage ladder custom fit to a building’s height? No problem! We offer on-site customization for all of our ladder models. Just provide us with the exact measurements, and we’ll take care of the rest. To get started, contact us at 888-653-3333. We look forward to speaking with you!

531 Cage Ladder

Standard Cage Ladder

532 Cage Ladder

Low Parapet Access with Roofover Rail Extensions

533 Cage Ladder

High Parapet Access with Platform and Return

533A Cage Ladder

Low Parapet Access with Platform and No Return

534 Cage Ladder

Low Parapet with Walk Through Rail Extension

How are O’Keeffe’s Aluminum Cage Ladders Constructed?

Our fixed access ladders are constructed with lightweight, high strength, non-spark, corrosion resistant and maintenance-free aluminum. We offer a standard mill finish for our ladders, and we anodize or powder coat to any color or finish specified for an additional cost.

Steel ladders are susceptible to rust, and would have to be galvanized or made with stainless steel to resist corrosion, adding to its cost. When a steel ladder exhibits signs of rust, it poses a danger the user and would have to be replaces.

Click here to learn more on the many benefits of using aluminum over steel in fixed commercial and industrial ladder applications.

What is OSHA’s Final Ruling on Cage Ladders?

Per OSHA’s 2016 bulletin “Final Rule to Update, Align, and Provide Greater Flexibility in its General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards”, cages are not permissible as a means of fall protection for new fixed ladders that extend more than 24 feet (7.3 m) above a lower level erected on or after November 19, 2018. A personal fall arrest or a ladder safety system must be installed in accordance with OSHA 1910.28(b)(9)(i)(B). Each fixed ladder that extends more than 24 feet (7.3 m) above a lower level and installed before November 19, 2018 must be equipped with a personal fall arrest system, a ladder safety system, cage, or well. By November 19, 2036, all ladders extending more than 24 feet (7.3 m) above a lower level must have a ladder safety or fall arrest system.

O’Keeffe’s fixed access ladders can be equipped with a variety of ladder safety attachments such as rail and harness fall arrest systems and lading platform that are OSHA compliant.

Custom Access Ladders

O’Keeffe’s offers custom designs for your cage ladder. For more information on our aluminum roof access ladders or to request a custom quote please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 888-653-3333. We look forward to hearing from you!