Inspect fixed ladders periodically, at least annually. Inspections may be required more frequently depending on the organization's requirements or the exposure of the ladder to elements such as weather or salt air.
Report any defect promptly.
Keep the record of every inspection.
What should you check for when inspecting access ladders?
loose, worn and damaged rungs or side rails
damaged or a corroded cage
corroded guard, bolts and rivet heads
damaged or corroded handrails and brackets on platforms
broken or loose anchorages
weakened or damaged rungs on brick or concrete slabs
defects in climbing devices, including loose or damaged carrier rails or ropes
slippery surfaces from oil and ice
clutter obstructing the base of ladder or platform
What should you do when climbing a fixed ladder?
Wait until the other person has exited before ascending or descending.
Use the appropriate safety devices (e.g., restraint belt, traveling fixture).
Maintain three-point contact by keeping two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on a ladder always.
Face ladder and use both hands to grip the rungs firmly.
Place feet firmly on each rung.
Wear footwear with heels. Ensure that footwear is in good condition.
Clean muddy or slippery boot soles before mounting a ladder.
Rise or lower tools and materials using a hand-line.
What should you avoid when climbing a fixed ladder?
Avoid climbing with wet soles
Do not carry tools or materials in your hand while climbing. Carry small tools in a tool pouch.
Do not jump from a ladder. Check footing before descending a ladder.
Do not hurry up or slide down a ladder.
Document last updated on February 24, 2015
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