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Portable Ladders Checklist

____ Are all ladders maintained in good condition, joints between steps and side rails tight, all hardware and fittings securely attached, and moveable parts operating freely without binding or undue play?

____ Are nonslip safety feet provided on each ladder including metal or rung ladders?

____ Are ladder rungs and steps free of grease and oil?

____ Is it prohibited to place a ladder in front of doors opening toward the ladder except when the door is blocked open, locked, or guarded?

____ Is it prohibited to place ladders on boxes, barrels, or other unstable bases to obtain additional height?

____ Are employees instructed to face the ladder when ascending/descending?

____ Are employees prohibited from using ladders that are broken, missing steps, rungs or cleats, broken side rails, or other faulty equipment?

____ Are employees instructed not to use the top step of ordinary stepladders as a step?

____ When portable rung ladders are used to gain access to elevated platforms, roofs, and the like, does the ladder always extend at least three feet above the elevated surface?

____ Is it required that when portable rung or cleat-type ladders are used, the base is so placed that slipping will not occur, or it is lashed or otherwise held in place?

____ Are portable metal ladders legibly marked with signs reading "CAUTION - Do Not Use Around Electrical Equipment" or equivalent wording?

____ Are rungs of ladders uniformly spaced at 12 inches, center to center?