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It is the responsibility of the owner to inspect all ladders before use to ensure that they are in a safe and sound condition.
We recommend that if a ladder shows any defects that it should not be used and taken immediately out of service.
The ladder should be checked for the following defects.
- Loose steps or rungs that can be moved by hand
- Slippery steps or rungs (free from water, grease, detergents etc)
- Stiles twisted, bent, kinked, crushed or cracked welds
- Rungs, step, treads or top plates which are missing, worn, damaged or loose
- Rope, braces, or brackets which are missing, broken or worn
- Loose screws, bolts, rivets or other metal parts.
- Damaged or missing components.
- Check ladder feet for damage or excessive wear. (especially the swivel feet on extension ladders)
- Extension Ladders – Check stiles, rungs, clutch, pulleys, rope, guides and feet are in good condition.
- Extension Ladders – Inspect ropes & pole belts for fraying and ensure they are firmly attached. We recommend the Pole Belt be replaced every 6-12 months as constant exposure to the elements can cause degrading. Contact our office for a replacement.
- Check spreaders are not loose or damaged.
- Check the longitudinal (lengthwise) rigidity, there should be NO longitudinal play.
How to get the most out of your ladder
A polyurethane or acrylic lacquer that coats the fibreglass rails of your ladder may deteriorate in time. High humidity, solar radiation (UV) and general wear and tear can cause the protective coating to breakdown exposing the fibreglass substrate which can cause skin irritation. Should this occur, the stiles should be cleaned thoroughly with mild soapy water, then, once completely dry, coated with a polyurethane or acrylic lacquer that is electrically non conductive. This will encapsulate the exposed fibres and eliminate further irritation, sealing and protecting the ladder. For more information on purchasing a Fibreglass Protective Coating go to the “Other Products” section of our online store.
We recommend ladders should be:
- Stored under cover. Note: Exposure to excessive heat and the elements may overtime weaken a ladder and its components
- Stored horizontally on protective supporting racks.
- Kept clean and free of dirt and contaminants.
- Inspected regularly for defects.
- If a ladder has sustained a blow or impact inspect carefully before use.
- Replaced the ladder or replaceable parts if worn or damaged.
- Only used for its intended use and purpose.