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Ladder inspection template

Ladders and stepladders should be subject to pre-use checks and detailed visual inspections. This ladder inspection template should be carried out by a competent person and formally recorded weekly for ladders used frequently. Ladders used infrequently are subject to an annual detailed visual inspection. Each detailed visual inspection should be sent direct to your line manager.

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Ladder inspection template


Ladder and Employee Details

Type of ladder/stepladder:
Location of ladder/stepladder:
Ladder asset/ref number:


Are the anti-slip feet on metal and fibreglass ladders/ stepladders in place, undamaged and not unduly worn?
Are the feet free of such items as stones, grease, dirt or other debris, thus preventing them from not making direct contact with the ground?
Are the rungs, stiles or platform free from mud, grease, oil or wet paint?
Are the rungs, stiles, steps or platform free from cracks, splits, bends or warps?
Are the rungs or steps all in place, unbroken and not weakened?
Are the tie rods in place and undamaged?
Are the welds free of cracks / undamaged and all screws or rivets firmly in place?
Is the equipment free of corrosion, sharp edges and dents?
When set up on a flat surface, is the stepladder stable?
Are surfaces untainted?
Any other issues, please specify?
Taking into account the findings above, is the ladder / stepladder safe to use?
Please sign to confirm all appropriate checks have been completed:
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What is a Ladder Inspection Template?

A ladder inspection template is a valuable tool used to assess the safety and condition of ladders in various settings, such as construction sites, warehouses, or home environments. This template serves as a standardized checklist that guides inspectors through a series of important inspection points, ensuring that all critical aspects of ladder safety are thoroughly examined.

The template typically includes criteria such as structural integrity, rung condition, stability, proper labeling, and adherence to safety regulations. By using a ladder inspection template, inspectors can systematically evaluate each ladder, identify potential hazards, and recommend necessary repairs or replacements. This proactive approach significantly reduces the risk of accidents and injuries caused by faulty or inadequate ladders. Implementing a ladder inspection template is an effective strategy to maintain a safe working environment and promote occupational health and safety.