When a ladder fails an inspection, either take it out of service or dispose of it if the ladder can’t be repaired.

So, how do we dispose of a ladder when it can’t be repaired?

The answer is you make the ladder unclimbable. Some companies will take a saw and literally cut up the ladder so nobody can use the ladder. The point is, find a way to completely destroy the ladder so nobody can use it.

There are stories of companies just throwing the damaged ladder into a dumpster. Unfortunately, this idea does not pan out. People can get the ladder out of the dumpster and then end up getting hurt using it. In the end, the company is actually liable for the injuries because they knew the ladder was unsafe and didn’t dispose of it.

Remember to always dispose of unsafe the ladders the right way!