List of items to be inspected
For regular inspection, the following items shall be taken into account:
Check that the stiles/legs (uprights) are not bent, bowed, twisted, dented, cracked, corroded or rotten;
Check that the stiles/legs around the fixing points for other components are in good condition;
Check that fixings (usually rivets, screws or bolts) are not missing, loose, or corroded;
Check that rungs/steps are not missing, loose, excessively worn, corroded or damaged;
Check that the hinges between front and rear sections are not damaged, loose or corroded;
Check that the locking stays horizontal, back rails and corner braces are not missing, bent, loose, corroded or damaged;
Check that the rung hooks are not missing, damaged, loose or corroded and engage properly on the; rungs;
Check that guide brackets are not missing, damaged, loose or corroded and engage properly on the mating stile;
Check that ladder feet / end caps are not missing, loose, excessively worn, corroded or damaged;
Check that the entire ladder is free from contaminants (e.g. dirt, mud, paint, oil or grease);
Check that locking catches (if fitted) are not damaged or corroded and function correctly;
Check that the platform (if fitted) has no missing parts or fixings and is not damaged or corroded.
The important considerations when storing a ladder (not in use) should include the following:
Is the ladder stored away from areas where its condition could deteriorate more rapidly (e.g. dampness, excessive heat, or exposed to the elements)?
Is the ladder stored in a position which helps it to remain straight (e.g. hung by the stiles on proper ladder brackets or laid on a flat clutter free surface)?
Is the ladder stored where it cannot be damaged by vehicles, heavy objects, or contaminants?
Is the ladder stored where it cannot cause a trip hazard or an obstruction?
Is the ladder stored securely where it cannot be easily used for criminal purposes?
If the ladder is permanently positioned (e.g. on scaffolding), is it secured against unauthorized climbing (e.g. by children)?