During the Master’s inspection it was observed that the first and last step of the ladder did not have any anti-slip material and some anti-slip areas on board were not marked and identified with a contrasting colour.
Causal factors: Poor housekeeping, inadequate planned inspections and maintenance.
Preventative action: Master carried out an additional inspection with the bosun and chief officer. All anti-slip areas were identified and how they should be marked and painted was explained.
The listed preventative action is good practice. All steps should have a non-slip material top covering with top and bottom steps highlighted in yellow/white.