Ladder Pre-use Checklist

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Ladder Pre-use Checklist

Pre-use ladder checklist is important steps you need to check the ladder is safe.

At the beginning of the work day it is critical to run through ladder safety checks for any obvious visual defects.

Health and safety:  Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) was brought in to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from heights.

Look at Working at height: A brief guide – The law requires a sensible approach to managing risk, and the guide gives guidance on deciding if a ladder is the right type of equipment for a particular task.

This Ladder Pre-use Checklist will help you look out for things take could cause the ladder to fail or cause injury.

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Ladder Pre-use Checklist

Check the ladder is safe for use.

Check for missing, worn or damaged feet which could lead to the ladder slipping.


Check for bent or damaged stiles as could lead to the ladder tobuckle or collapse.


Inspect for bent, worn, missing or loose rungs.


Locking mechanisms stop the ladder folding check they are not bent, worn or damaged. Ensure any locking bars are engaged to prevent collapse.


Clean and free of debris and grease which could make it slippery.

Size and Type

Select the correct size ladder for the job you need to do.

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