Whether you work at height infrequently or every day, it is imperative not only to know what to look for when doing a ladder inspection, but to be in the habit of doing such inspections on a regular, even a daily, basis.
Imagine yourself driving in a car and suddenly the brakes aren’t working, it would certainly be an unpleasant surprise. To avoid such situations cars are required to be regularly inspected by the authorities and most people also have their cars maintained by a mechanic on a regular basis. Similarly, in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises while climbing on a ladder, we recommend that you always keep an eye out for any damages and that you carry out a more thorough inspection at least once a year, just like you would with a car.
To start with, always give your ladder a very quick check before use. Make sure it’s in good condition and hasn’t been damages since you last used it. If you are the only one using the ladder you probably have a pretty good notion of its condition, but if it’s used by many people or has been transported you might want to give it a more careful check.
At least once a year you should also give your ladder a more thorough inspection. If your ladders are used very frequently and by many different people you might want to check them a bit more often.
Wibe Ladders offer a wide range of spare parts for our ladders such as anti-skids, wheels, end protection, braces, handrails and shelves. Any part sold as a spare part can be replaced by the user following the assembly instructions. We do not recommend trying to repair any part that is not sold as a spare part.
Note that aluminium components, such as stiles, steps and rungs that are bent cannot be repaired by bending them back into position. When aluminium is bent or dented the material properties are permanently changed. If a ladder is damaged beyond repair, we recommend that it is destroyed to prevent someone else from accidentally using it.