Injuries in the workplace because of ladders are commonplace. About a third of all reported falls are falling from ladders. There are over 10,000 reported ladder-related injuries in the United States annually! Work-related falls from ladders resulted in approximately 360 fatalities and an estimated 151,000 serious injuries each year.
Not all these incidents are due to defective ladders, however, that can certainly be one of the factors. It is important that ladders are inspected regularly.
Look for missing or loose cleats at the bottom.
Look for loose or missing screws, bolts or hardware.
Look for cracked, broken, split, dented or badly worn rungs, spreaders or side rails.
Corrosion of metal ladders.