OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 8 Entrances, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders

Section 137 Fall protection

(1) An employer must ensure that a worker working from a portable ladder from which the worker may fall 3 metres or more uses a personal fall arrest system.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply while the worker is moving up or down the portable ladder.

(3) Despite subsection (1), if it is not reasonably practical to use a personal fall arrest system, a worker may work from a portable ladder without fall protection if

(a) the work is a light duty task of short duration at each location,

(b) the worker’s centre of balance is at the centre of the ladder at all times even with an arm extended beyond the side rails of the ladder, and

(c) the worker maintains three-point contact whenever the worker extends an arm beyond a side rail.