OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 22 Safeguards

Section 318 Protection from falling objects

(1) An employer must ensure that workers in a work area where there may be falling objects are protected from the falling objects by an overhead safeguard.

(2) An employer must ensure that a safeguard used under subsection (1) is designed to withstand the shock loads from objects that may fall onto it.

(3) Despite subsection (1), if the danger from falling objects is in a location in a work site where workers go intermittently or incidentally to their regular duties, an employer may place appropriate and adequate warning signs, horns, flashing lights or similar devices at the location to warn workers of the hazard.

(4) An employer must ensure that a safeguard used on a hoist or scaffold under subsection (1)

(a) is made of wire mesh or an enclosure material that is equally or more efficient at containing equipment and materials,

(b) is not less than 1 metre high from the floor, platform or working level of the safeguard, and

(c) encloses all sides of a cantilever hoist platform or skip, except the side adjacent to the building.

(5) If the material being hoisted or lowered is of a kind that prevents the sides of a cantilever hoist platform or skip being enclosed as required by subsection (4), an employer must provide another effective alternative safeguard against falling materials for the workers.

(6) An employer must ensure that a safeguard around the surface opening of an underground shaft serving a tunnel

(a) is made of wire mesh, or an enclosure material that is equally or more effective at containing equipment and materials, and

(b) is not less than 1 metre high from the surface.

(7) An employer must ensure that a safeguard is installed on all sides of

(a) the cage of a building shaft hoist or a tower hoist, or

(b) a hoist cage in an underground shaft serving a tunnel.

(8) An employer must ensure that a safeguard used on a cage under subsection (7) is made of

(a) wire mesh, or

(b) an enclosure material that is equally or more effective at containing equipment and materials and protecting workers from hazards associated with the movement of a cage in a shaft.