Ladder Inspection Checklists

Proactively identify, correct, and report ladder defects and damages to promote worker safety in compliance with regulations

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Published November 16th, 2020

What is Ladder Inspection?

Ladder inspection is the process of inspecting ladders for safety and to ensure that they are in good working condition. As an equipment frequently used to accomplish a variety of tasks, maintaining the safety of ladders through regular inspections is important to help prevent ladder-related incidents and comply with regulations mandating the safe use of ladders in the workplace.

Consistently cited as one of the top 10 OSHA safety violations, ladder safety is vital to reinforcing workplace safety and in preventing incidents such as falls, one of the most common causes of work-related injuries and fatalities. OSHA has required employers to ensure that ladders are inspected before initial use in each shift to address safety concerns. Using a ladder inspection checklist can help proactively catch issues that could lead to work-related injuries.

In this article we will discuss the following:

What is a Ladder Inspection Checklist?

A ladder inspection checklist is a tool guide used in assessing the working condition of a ladder. It helps ensure that a ladder passes safety and quality standards before use and that it is being used correctly by trained workers. Performing regular ladder inspections help reduce the likelihood of injuries caused by equipment malfunction and improve overall worker safety.

What is Inspected with a Ladder Safety Checklist?

Ultimately, a ladder inspection’s goal is to identify if a ladder is fit for use, needs repair before it can be used, or if it is not safe for use at all. In order to do this, the following should be checked:

Type of ladder – the inspector should be aware of the type or the material of the ladder because they can have their own safety concerns. A wooden type of ladder may have splinters, cracks, or chips, while a metal type of ladder may not be suitable for use near electrical equipment.

Damage and defects – ladders that have minor damage may still become fit for use provided that they are repaired first. Ladders that are badly damaged should be clearly tagged as not fit for use and properly set aside for disposal.

Other concerns – ladders should be checked to see if there are components that are missing or not functioning properly and if there is anything on it such as dirt, oil, or grease that may cause slips and falls.

Powerful Software for Efficient Ladder Inspection Checklists

With iAuditor by SafetyCulture, a powerful inspection software, you can efficiently conduct ladder inspections, proactively catch ladder safety concerns, and streamline recordkeeping for easy and secure access of inspection reports anytime, anywhere. Instantly get notified and address equipment malfunctions to help workers avoid accidents. Using iAuditor, you can:

  • Perform ladder inspections with a tablet or mobile device.
  • Take photos and attach photo evidence with annotations to illustrate identified issues.
  • Improve communication between members of your organization with easy report sharing.
  • Generate comprehensive reports as you finish an audit. Preview sample report.
  • Securely save all reports in the cloud.


Erick Brent Francisco

SafetyCulture staff writer

As a staff writer for SafetyCulture, Erick is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. Prior to SafetyCulture, Erick worked in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail.