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LADDER SAFETY / Maintenance & Inspection

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  • Prior to each use check ladders for damage or missing components.
  • Check for loose or missing bolts or rivets.
  • Check ladder feet for excessive wear.
  • Check ropes are not fraying and are securely attached.
  • Check that ladder stiles/rungs/treads are straight.
  • Check spreaders are in good order.
  • Check that the ladder is free from dust, water, grease and corrosion.
  • Clean a ladder with mild soapy water and ensure it is dry prior to use.
  • Check timber ladder for splits, rot, and insect infestation.
  • Never paint a timber ladder use a clear varnish suitable for exterior or marine environments so that defects are not hidden.
  • If a ladder does have any defects take it out of service immediately. Either send it to a ladder repairer or destroy the ladder so it can not be used and replace it.
  • Ladder repairs must be carried out by a competent person - see Yellow Pages or ring Werner on 1300 760 717.
  • Store ladders in a dry, covered location.
  • Exposure to excessive heat may weaken a ladder. Have the ladder checked by a competent person - See Yellow Pages or ring Werner on 1300 760 717.
  • If the ladder has sustained a blow or impact carefully check the ladder for defects prior to next use.
  • Fibreglass ladders will over time degrade and fibres may become exposed. Wash the ladder with a commercial solvent and apply enough coats of polyurethane or clear acrylic lacquer to encapsulate the fibres.
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