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InstituteSafety & HealthGeneral Industry SafetyWalking Working SurfacesWalking Working SurfacesUSALaddersEnglishAnalysisFocus AreaIn Depth (Level 3)
['Walking Working Surfaces']
- Ladders must be inspected before each use, and defective equipment must be removed from service immediately.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all ladders be inspected before the initial use every shift. Ladders must also be inspected as necessary, such as after a ladder falls over or potentially gets damaged during use. OSHA believes that the employer can determine what should be inspected for each type of ladder before the ladder is used.
OSHA recognizes that the inspection done before the first use of the shift may be different from an inspection conducted “as necessary.” For example, an inspection done before the first use may include a check that the rungs are parallel and the footing is stable, but an inspection that is conducted if a ladder is struck by a vehicle may look for structural cracks, missing rungs, or bent spreaders.
If a defect is found during use or inspection, the ladder must be immediately tagged “Dangerous: Do Not Use” or other similar language that meets the requirements of 1910.145. The ladder must also be immediately removed from service until repaired or replaced.
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