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Ladder General

  • Side Rails - Free from cracks, dents, bends or blemishes

  • Rungs/Steps - Ensure tightness and no rotation - Free from sharp edges

  • Fasteners - Rivets, nuts and bolts are tight

  • Feet - Look for wear or loose rivets

  • Appearance - Cracks and exposed fibreglass - Corrosion, rust, oxidization and excessive wear

Step Ladders

  • Top Cap - Free from cracks and dents

  • Spreader Arms - Tight and move freely - Broken stop on a hinge spreader

  • Horizontal Braces - Ensure tightness

  • Step Braces - Ensure tightness

  • Pail Tray - Moves freely, is tight and sets up properly

Extension Ladders

  • End Caps - Tight and free from cracks, chips or wear

  • Rope And Pulley - Ensure rope is not frayed or knotted

  • Gravity Locks - Ensure they pivot freely and fingers in good working condition

  • Slide Guides - Free from cracks, chips or wear

  • Base And Fly Section - Ensure they are straight and not warped


Shell - Do not continue use if any of the below are visible

  • Free from dents, cracks, penetration, abrasion, rough treatment

  • Ensure there is no damage due to impact

  • Are there any unauthorized alterations?

  • Does it appear to have any fading, dull color or chalky appearance?

  • Does the shell appear to be stiff or brittle?


  • Look for any cracks or tears

  • Suspension straps should be free of any cuts or fraying

  • Should be pliable and not show any signs or wear

  • All points in the suspension should fit tightly in their respective slots


Harness And/Or Body Belt

  • Instructions: Grasp the webbing with your hands 6-8 inches apart. Bend the webbing in an inverted "U". The surface tension makes damaged fibers or cuts easier to detect. Follow this procedure the entire length of the webbing, inspecting both sides.

  • Webbing - Look for frayed edges, broken fibers, pulled stitches, cuts, burns and chemical damage

  • D-Rings - Check for distortion, cracks, breaks, and rough or sharp edges

  • Attachment Of Buckles - Inspect for any wear, frayed or cut fibers, broken stitching of the buckles or D-ring attachments

  • Tongue/Grommets - Inspect for loose, distorted or broken grommets. Webbing should not have additional punched holes

  • Tongue And/Or Quick Connect Buckles - Should be free of distortion in shape and motion. They should overlap the buckle frame and move freely back and forth in their socket. Roller should turn freely on frame

  • Friction And Mating Buckles - Inspect the buckle for distortion, outer bars and center bar must be straight

  • Stitching - Check for ripped or pulled stitches and make sure the webbing joints are not loose


  • Snaps - Inspect for hook and eye distortions, cracks, corrosion, or pitted surfaces. The latch should seat into the nose without binding and should not be distorted or obstructed. The latch spring should exert sufficient force to close the latch. Latch locks must prevent the latch from opening when it closes

  • Thimbles - Must be firmly seated in the eye of the splice, and the splice should have no loose or cut strands. The edges of the thimbles must be free of sharp edges, distortion or cracks

  • Wen Lanyard - While bending webbing over a pipe, observe each side of the webbed lanyard. This will reveal any cuts or breaks. Swelling, discoloration, cracks and charring are obvious signs of chemical or heat damage. Observe closely for any breaks in stitching

  • Rope Lanyard - Rotate the rope lanyard while inspecting from end-to-end for any fuzzy, worn, broken or cut fibers. The rope diameter should be uniform throughout, following a short break-in period

  • Shock Absorbing Lanyard - Lanyards should be examined as described above. However also look for the warning flag or signs of deployment. If the flag has been activated, remove lanyard from service


General Safety Items

  • First Aid Kit - Available in vehicle and fully stocked

  • Fire Extinguisher - Inspected/signed regularly and in good condition

  • Safety Boots - CSA approved, height requirements for both ankle and heel, no holes, laced up

  • Safety Glasses - Stocked

  • Work Gloves - Stocked

  • Voltage Detector - Charged and working

  • Safety Vest - Stocked

Vehicle Safety Items

  • Wheel Chalks - Stocked

  • Beacon Light - Installed and operational

  • Traffic Cones (4-6) - Stocked

  • Flags or Flares - Stocked

  • Manhole Guards - Stocked

  • Manhole Ventilator - Stocked

  • BW Microclip - Gas Detector - Date of last calibration

  • Bucket Truck Level Indicator - Inclinometer - Operational

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