Ladder Inspection Checklist

Ladder Inspection Checklist

This ladder inspection checklist:

  • Can be used to record ladder safety inspections.
  • Can record up to five individual ladders.
  • Can serve as a systematic tool to assess the condition of ladders before use.


About this Ladder Inspection Checklist

This ladder inspection checklist can be used to record ladder safety inspections at your workplace. The checklist can record up to five individual ladders and includes an image identifying the basic components of a ladder and the labeling requirements.

As falls from ladders contribute to a significant number of incidents every year, particularly in the construction and trade services industries, the safe use of a ladder is extremely important, and the condition of a ladder should never be overlooked.

Ladders must be regularly inspected by a competent person in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

General Requirements for Working on Ladders

Ladders should only be used to work at heights when it is not reasonably practicable to use a higher-level control measure. If ladders are to be used, they must be selected to suit the task and consideration must be given to the duration of the task, the physical surroundings and the prevailing weather conditions.

Ladder Instructions

The following are requirements that relate to the safe use of portable ladders and must be adhered to:

  • The ladder must be manufactured for industrial use.
  • The ladder must be set up on firm, stable and level ground.
  • The ladder must only be used for that which it was designed.
  • The ladder must be checked before use to ensure that it is in good condition.
  • All the locking devices on the ladder must be in place.
  • The worker’s body must remain within the space between the sides of the ladder while performing work.
  • Three points of substantial contact must always be maintained while performing work on a ladder.

Ladder Inspections and Maintenance

Ladders must be regularly inspected by a competent person in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Ladder Inspection

Ladders with any of the following faults must be replaced or repaired:

  • Fibreglass stiles cracked, chipped or severely faded with fibers exposed.
  • Timber stiles warped, splintered, cracked or bruised.
  • Metal stiles twisted, bent, kinked, crushed or with cracked welds or damaged feet.
  • Rungs, steps, treads, or top plates are missing.
  • Worn, damaged, or loose tie rods.
  • Missing, broken or loose ropes, braces, or brackets.
  • Timber members that are covered with opaque paint or other treatment that could disguise faults in the timber.
  • Missing, loose, bent, or worn fasteners, i.e. rivets, bolts, and pins worn or damaged feet, including worn non-slip material.

Stepladder Safe Use

When using a stepladder to perform work the following must be adhered to:

  • It shall only be used in the fully open and locked position.
  • It must be manufactured of a non-conductive material if used to perform electrical work.

Why Become a Member of Redcat Safety and Download this Ladder Inspection Checklist?

  • This ladder inspection checklist can provide you with a systematic approach to assessing the integrity of ladders before use.
  • The checklist prompts users to inspect critical components such as rungs, side rails, steps, locks, and hinges for signs of wear, damage, or defects.
  • By conducting regular inspections using the checklist, organizations can identify and address any issues promptly, ensuring that ladders are safe and fit for use.

After downloading this working at ladder inspection checklist you will be able to:

  • Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own ladder inspection checklist.
  • Apply your own style, format and brand to the checklist.
  • Use it in any industry or sector regardless of size or type of organization.

Availability and Use of this Ladder Inspection Checklist

  • This checklist is accessible to you right now by clicking the ‘Become a Member Now’ button.
  • The checklist will be delivered to you in fully editable Microsoft Word format for immediate and full use in your business.
  • There are no membership auto-renewals, contracts or ongoing costs.

Ladder Inspection Guarantee

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