OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 22 Safeguards

Section 320 Safety nets

(1) An employer must ensure that a safety net

(a) meets the requirements of ANSI Standard A10.11-1989 (R1998), Construction and Demolition Operations – Personnel and Debris Nets,

(b) has safety hooks or shackles of drawn, rolled or forged steel with an ultimate tensile strength of not less than 22.2 kilonewtons,

(c) has joints between net panels capable of developing the full strength of the web,

(d) extends not less than 2.4 metres beyond the work area,

(e) extends not more than 6 metres below the work area, and

(f) is installed and maintained so that the maximum deflection under impact load does not allow any part of the net to touch another surface.

(2) An employer must ensure that the supporting structure to which a personnel safety net is attached is certified by a professional engineer as being capable of withstanding any load the net is likely to impose on the structure.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to properly maintained rescue nets used by fire fighters and other emergency services personnel.