[IPAC-List] Weight limits during testing for safety reason

Jim Kuthy jkuthy at biddle.com
Mon Mar 31 16:52:47 EDT 2014

We have a client that is using a content-valid physical ability test that requires candidates to climb up and down a ladder, similar to how ladders are climbed on the job. The ladders the employer uses on the job have a maximum safety-weight limit of 300 pounds. They wish to use the same type of ladder during testing. Please note that it would not be reasonable for the company to replace the ladders they are currently using on the job since they would have to replace quite a few of them (many dozens) and since the heavier-rated ladders are more difficult for employees to transport and/or carry, thereby potentially limiting their usefulness on the job.

Can someone please provide insight about how to handle a situation if someone who weighs more than 300 pounds wishes to take the content-related test?

Also, if the client can limit those who will be tested to 300 pounds or less, how would the client announce a maximum weight of candidates who can be tested?

Thank you in advance for your insight!

Jim Kuthy, Ph.D.
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