ALI Unveils New Tools, Steps Up Ladder Safety

Even among the many acclaimed and prestigious organizations exhibiting their services and wares on the NSC Expo floor this year, the American Ladder Institute stands tall. As the national trade association representing the North American ladder industry, the Chicago-based institute is the approved developer of the ladder safety standards for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

ALI is using its time and presence here in Orlando to let attendees know about its primary safety resources, including a new multimedia training program that is free to all users, providing comprehensive training both to professionals and do-it-yourselfers who rely on rungs to get the job done.

The new training program, which ALI is demonstrating at booth 1148, focuses on proper selection, use, and care of ladders and allows access to a variety of modules. A certificate of completion is available once the post-training test has been completed and passed satisfactorily.

“This quality training program can be adopted by small and large companies, unions, and contractors,” said ALI Executive Director Janet Rapp. “Free of charge, it will allow comprehensive training to be accessed online for real-time instruction. Companies without training budgets or research & development resources can simply log-in and train staff to maximize safety.”

Also at its booth, ALI is featuring its new Web site,, designed to provide ladder safety information by ladder type, as well as the institute’s newly revised primary Web site, The latter ladder site offers ALI’s current safety standards for anyone interested in purchasing them, or NSC attendees can simply stop by the institute’s booth and make the purchase there. ALI has the following standards available:

  • A14.1 - Wood Ladders
  • A14.2 - Portable Metal Ladders
  • A14.3 - Fixed Ladders
  • A14.4 - Job Made Wooden Ladders
  • A14.5 - Portable Reinforced Plastic Ladders
  • A14.7 - Mobile Ladder Stands and Mobile Ladder Stand Platforms
  • A14.9 - Ceiling Mounted Disappearing Climbing Systems

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