• This inspection audit is to be used for all periodic formal inspections of stepladder/ ladders and as required by stepladder/ladder users as a source of useful instruction from which to base their pre user checks prior to each use of ladder/step ladders. Scheduling of periodic inspections should be determined according to the type/frequency of use and the harshness of environment, but as a minimum, the intervals between formal inspections would normally not be expected to exceed 4 monthly/trembly intervals under normal, low risk conditions.

  • Type of ladder/stepladder?

  • Material of step ladder?

  • Ladder standard classification?

  • The ladder/stepladder class/standard is unmarked/unknown/Class 3 and therefore must fail the inspection

  • Confirm Inspection Fail

  • Does the ladder/stepladder pass the inspection and is safe to use?

  • Summary of inspection: provide summary of inspection findings including reasons for failure.

  • Name of inspecting person

Detailed Ladder/stepladder material inspection criteria

  • This detailed material inspection criteria is to form an integral part of the inspection process. The N/A option is only to be used where a feature is not fitted due to it being either a step ladder or a ladder. Any individual FAIL result selected should lead to the immediate inspection failure of the ladder/stepladder. It is then to be immediately marked as defective and should be locked away to prevent further use. It must be removed from the premises and destroyed as soon as possible/practical.

  • Is the general condition of the ladder/stepladder clean, dry, free from mud, rust, oil and paint?

  • Are the steps, rungs, treads, loose, bent, cracked, missing or corroded?

  • Are the rivets and screws Loose, missing or corroded?

  • Are any sharp edges or splinters in evidence?

  • Are non slip feet missing damaged or worn?

  • Are any safety catches damaged or not operating correctly?

  • Are ropes and fittings damaged or not in place and functional?

  • Are the vertical indicators in good condition and visible (ladders only)?

  • Are the strengthening wires visibly damaged or broken ( wooden ladders ) ?

  • Are the hinge mechanisms operating correctly not damaged or bent ?

  • Are handrails or side arms damaged or missing?

  • Are lower step supports damaged, bent or missing?

  • Signature of completion of inspection

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