Checklist

Ladders

Answer “Yes” or “No.”

Are employees prohibited to place ladders on boxes, barrels or other unstable bases to obtain additional height?

Are employees prohibited from placing a ladder in front of doors opening toward the ladder, unless the doors are blocked, locked or guarded?

Are employees instructed not to use the top step of ordinary stepladders as a step?

Are staff prohibited from tying ladders together to make longer sections or using ladders as guys, braces, skids, gin poles or for other than intended uses?

Are staff warned not to load ladders beyond the maximum load for which they were built, or beyond the manufacturer’s rated capacity? Are there consequences for this unsafe behavior?

When portable ladders are used to access elevated platforms, roofs, shelving and so forth, do employees know the ladder must extend a minimum of three feet beyond the elevated surface?

Are portable metal ladders marked with a warning: Do not use when working near electrical equipment?

Are ladders secured to prevent accidental movement due to workplace activity?

Are ladders used on slippery surfaces only when secured or provided with slip-resistant feet?

Are ladders inspected before use for cracks, dents, and missing rungs?

Are all ladders maintained in good condition with tight joints between steps and side rails, all hardware and fittings securely attached, and moveable parts operating freely without binding or undue play?

Are ladders rungs free of grease and oil?

Are rungs designed or treated to minimize slipping?

Do staff know that ladders must support four (4) times the maximum load?