A fixed ladder is a ladder permanently attached to a structure, building, or equipment. The primary hazard when using a ladder is falling from heights. A poorly designed, maintained, or improperly used ladder may collapse under the load placed upon it and result in a fall from the ladder to a hard surface below.
Is the silo ladder gated off (or the bottom 2 metres detached)?
Is the gate secured (or the detached section of ladder away from public access)?
Is 'No Unauthorised Entry' signage in place?
Is the area at the base of the ladder tidy?
Is the ladder free from rust and corrosion?
Are the side rails well secured/fixed?
Are the side rails straight?
Is the distance between the rungs 30cm or less?
Is the distance between the rungs and sillo (i.e. toe space) at least 17cm?
Are the rungs evenly spaced (none missing)?
Do the rungs have good grip?
Is the ladder free from protruding objects?
Is the ladder free of sharp objects?
Is the transition from the side of the silo to the top of the silo safe?
Add any additional notes or corrective actions here:
OnSide - Silo Ladder Checklist
Use this template to check that your silo ladders are safe and sound.
If this check highlights any unsafe issues the silo ladder must not be used until repairs have been carried out by a competent person.
Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended
take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or
or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such
permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.