OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 23 Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms

Section 344 Safety on swingstage scaffolds

(1) An employer must ensure that if workers are required to be on a swingstage scaffold, the hoisting equipment is equipped with automatically operating locking mechanisms so that the suspension ropes cannot slip or run free.

(2) An employer must ensure that if workers are required to be on a manually operated swingstage scaffold,

(a) the hoisting mechanism is securely locked in a positive drive position, and

(b) the scaffold has a secondary anti-fall device that connects the scaffold to the suspension rope at a point above the hoisting mechanism.

(3) An employer must ensure that a powered swingstage scaffold has a manually operated secondary mechanism or an escape device, other than the vertical lifeline used for fall protection, if workers cannot reach a safe exit when there is a mechanical failure or power failure.

(4) An employer must ensure that a worker on the stage of a swingstage scaffold can use the manually operated secondary mechanism or escape device referred to in subsection (3) to move the scaffold to a point at which the worker can exit safely.

(5) An employer must ensure that a suspension rope is long enough to reach the next working surface below the scaffold.

(6) An employer must ensure that the end of a suspension rope is doubled back and held securely by a cable clamp so that the hoisting machine cannot run off the end of the rope.

(7) An employer must ensure that 2 or more swingstage scaffolds are not linked together by bridging the distance between them.