Use Guidelines & Product Safety

Column Climber may be used freely in accordance with existing fall protection standards.
  • Column Climber™ can be used freely in accordance with current fall protection standards
  • Column Climber™ is classified as both an access device and a work platform
  • Column Climber™ can be used in place of a ladder, meaning a worker may ascend/descend to/from a work point using Column Climber (and positioning lanyard) or Column Climber and our Column Claw (100% tie-off, 2-0 foot fall arrest)
  • For connectors making initial connections, the 30-foot rule still applies
  • For other steel workers, tie off is to be established once a worker, using Column Climber™ has climbed to his work point. Our Column Claw satisfies 100% tie-off, 2-0 foot fall arrest while ascending/descending and at the work point.
  • Column Climber has been reviewed by OSHA's Directorate of Construction. Note however, that OSHA "does not approve or endorse products." See: under the "general OSHA information" tab
Let Ironworkers concentrate of WORKING, not FALLING
  • Eliminate much dangerous straddling and balancing on beams during connecting and bolt up
  • Eliminate unsteady ladder use during the steel erecting process
  • Eliminate dangerous, awkward, and unproductive welding positions
  • Keep ironworkers safely positioned with two hand free so they can concentrate on working, not falling
  • Improve ergonomics, increase worker safety, morale, and productivity


Column Climber's patented high-function and practical design incorporates both strength and durability resulting in a device that is simple to use that will last for years.

Column Climber’s wrap-around heel bar and high-temp, cut-resistant straps with quick-connect buckles allow you to securely step-in and step-out in seconds. The inclined jaw design allows Column Climber’s vise-like lock-and-release action to function intuitively with your body’s natural stepping-climbing motion making ascending or descending a column as natural and easy as climbing stairs.

It’s high-strength 514 steel footframe - design engineered to support over 700 pounds per foot - supports the entire length of your foot eliminating any leg or foot fatigue during regular or extended use. Slip-resistant soles permit sure-footed movement over typical jobsite surfaces like decking and concrete.

Column Climber's grip is not impaired by mud, dirt, grease, water, ice, or even asphaltic coating on the steel. The leverage force applied by each foot is so intense that it cannot be dislodged by a sledgehammer blow (based on factory testing). Two models and quick-adjust, HHA armor plate steel nosings provide adjustment to accommodate varying column flange thicknesses up to 1-7/8 inches.

"I don't know where these things been all these years...takes the place of ladders and lifts. You can do anything you need with these things. Saves you a lot of time and money."

~Ironworker using Column Climber

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