Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Ladder Inspection

Inspection Criteria

Ladders must be inspected by a competent person on a periodic basis and after any occurrence that could affect the structural integrity.

If the ladder is found to be questionable or defective, it should be marked or tagged as "Do Not Use", and must be removed from service until properly repaired or replaced.

Inspect the ladder for the following:

  • Structural defects, such as bent or missing components of the frame
  • Broken, loose, or missing rungs, cleats, or steps
  • Broken, cracked, or split rails, uprights, braces, or rungs
  • Loose nails, screws, bolts, or other metal parts
  • Corroded components
  • Excessive rust
  • Any other faulty or defective component, such as missing fasteners, defective locking devices, loose hinges, etc.