Stairways and ramps aren't moved around the way ladders are, but they still aren't inherently safe. OSHA requires inspection and maintenance. Check for:

  • Illumination. A change in grade or elevation requires some depth perception to safely navigate. Poor lighting interferes with this, making falls likely.
  • Structural and mechanical integrity. Ramps may fail at mechanical/structural stress points during high load conditions. A qualified person needs to inspect these points at established intervals.
  • Cleanliness. Ensure everyone understands that grease, oil, or trash on a ramp or stairway must be removed immediately or the route must be closed off until it can be.