Maintenance and Inspection

• Prior to each use check ladders for damage or missing components

• Check for loose or missing bolts or rivets

• Check ladder feet for excessive wear

• Check ropes are not fraying and are securely attached

• Check that ladder stiles/rungs/treads are straight

• Check spreaders are in good order

• Check that the ladder is free from dust, water, grease and corrosion

• Clean a ladder with mild soapy water and ensure it is dry prior to use

• Check timber ladder for splits, rot, and insect infestation

• Never paint a timber ladder use a clear varnish suitable for exterior or marine environments so that defects are not hidden

• If a ladder does have any defects take it out of service immediately. Either send it to a ladder repairer or destroy the ladder so it cannot be used and replace it

• Ladder repairs must be carried out by a competent person - see Yellow Pages or Contact Us

• Store ladders in a dry, covered location

• Exposure to excessive heat may weaken a ladder. Have the ladder checked by a competent person - See Yellow Pages or Contact Us

• If the ladder has sustained a blow or impact carefully check the ladder for defects prior to next use

• Fibreglass ladders will over time degrade and fibres may become exposed. Wash the ladder with a commercial solvent and apply enough coats of polyurethane or clear acrylic lacquer to encapsulate the fibres

• To download the ladder audit form click here