OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 151 Clearance, maximum arresting force and swing

(1) An employer must ensure that a personal fall arrest system is arranged so that a worker cannot hit the ground, an object which poses an unusual possibility of injury, or a level below the work area.

(2) An employer must ensure that a personal fall arrest system without a shock absorber limits a worker’s free fall distance to 1.2 metres.

(3) An employer must ensure that a personal fall arrest system limits the maximum arresting force on a worker to 6 kilonewtons, unless the worker is using an E6 type shock absorber in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications, in which case the maximum arresting force must not exceed 8 kilonewtons.

(4) A worker must limit the vertical distance of a fall by

(a) selecting the shortest length lanyard that will still permit unimpeded performance of the worker’s duties, and

(b) securing the lanyard to an anchor no lower than the worker’s shoulder height.

(5) If the shoulder height anchor required by subsection 4(b) is not available, a worker must secure the lanyard to an anchor that is located as high as is reasonably practicable.

(6) If it is not reasonably practicable to attach to an anchor above the level of a worker’s feet, the worker must ensure that the clearance and maximum arresting force requirements of subsections (1) and (3) are met.