Ladders Safety Inspection

Construction and Plant

Ladders Safety Inspection

ladder-safety Who is this for?

Persons who in the course of their normal work have to inspect and maintain ladders

Ladders Safety Inspection Course:

This course is designed for Novice candidates and will provide underpinning knowledge and skills needed to safely and thoroughly inspect ladders.
On successful completion of this training, candidates should have an understanding of the types, grades and markings of ladders. They should be able to identify, keep records of inspections and detect defective ladders. Understand the importance of care maintenance and inspection for defects.

Course content:


  • Competent Person – definition, roles and responsibilities
  • Types of Ladder and Identification
  • British Standards
  • Storage, Care and Maintenance of Ladders
  • Duties of Manufacturers & Suppliers
  • Inspection of Ladders – What to look for!
  • Inspection For Possible Defects
  • Recording the inspection
  • Labels, tags and certification
  • The need for records and the audit trail
  • Check Lists for Supervisors and Users


Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
Management of Health & Safety At Work regulations 1999
Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998


½ Day

Why should you Inspect Ladders?

With a third of all reported falls-from-height incidents due to ladders and stepladders, it’s not too surprising that many accidents are due to defects in the ladders themselves.

Defects often go unnoticed and un-remedied because people don’t know what they are looking for or feel it isn’t serious enough to warrant replacement of the ladder.

Falls from ladders often result in serious injuries, any defects that compromises the stability or integrity of a ladder should result in the ladder being taken out of use.

In most cases, ladders should be replaced rather than repaired. They must be inspected regularly to ensure that they are in safe condition.

So when should you inspect a ladder and by whom?
– By the user each time before they are used.
– By someone carrying out a formal inspection every 3 to 6 months (records should be kept of these formal inspections).

Further reading:

If you would like to find out more about the Safe Use of Ladders, please click on the following link where you can download a leaflet from the HSE website

For more information about this course fill out the form below or call us on 01453 826781

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