OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 22 Safeguards

Section 314 Covering openings

(1) An employer must ensure that an opening or hole through which a worker can fall is protected by

(a) a securely attached cover designed to support an anticipated load, or

(b) guardrails and toe boards.

(2) If a person removes a cover, guardrail or toe board, or part of them, protecting an opening or hole for any reason, an employer must ensure a temporary cover or other means of protection replaces it immediately.

(3) If a temporary cover is used to protect an opening or hole, an employer must ensure a warning sign or marking clearly indicating the nature of the hazard

(a) is posted near or fixed on the cover, and

(b) is not removed unless another effective means of protection is immediately provided.