What should you look for on your ladder?
Now you know
when you should be inspecting your ladder, but what should you be looking out
Loose or missing steps or rungs, specifically if you can move these
by hand then they are classed as loose. These can be very dangerous as your
foot could either slip or give way completely.
Any loose screws, nails, bolts or
nuts. If any of
these are loose it could cause the ladder to become structurally unsafe and
give way under the weight of someone standing on it.
Cracks or exposed fibreglass in fibreglass ladders. Any damage to
the ladder could cause stress in weakened areas and lead to the ladder giving
Sharp edges on rails or rungs can be dangerous as your clothing can
catch on these and potentially cause you to fall.
Twisted or distorted rails It’s very important that you check
your ladder for twisted or distorted rails as using a bowed ladder is extremely
Anything else to look out for when inspecting ladders?
are a few other things to look out for when examining your ladder to make sure
it’s safe to use.
Wobbling If the ladder wobbles then it is not
safe to use, turning or any kind of movement could cause the ladder to fall
over, with you on it.
Loose or bent hinges or hinge
spreaders These help
to keep the ladder in place and create a sturdy structure to hold your weight.
If these don’t fit into place correctly there is a chance that the hinges could
creep up and create a potentially dangerous accident.
If you are
using extension ladder there are a few things that you will need to look out
Loose, broken or missing extension
Defective locks that do not fit
properly when the ladder is extended
That there is sufficient lubrication
of working parts
Defective cords, chains or ropes
Missing and/or defective pads or
After you've inspected the ladder
have inspected your ladder there are a few things that you should do
Label any ladders that are not fit for
Fibreglass ladders need to be cleaned every 3 months,
you can do this with clear lacquer or paste wax.
Lubricate pulleys on your extension ladders regularly.
temporary or makeshift repairs
bowed ladders or attempt to straighten them
Final words on ladder inspection
If you want
to find out more about ladder safety or attend a ladder safety course then you
can find more information from the below sources:
The Ladder Association
Total Access – Ladder Safety Training
Working at Height – Ladder Safety
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