OHS Code

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

Section 324 Design

(1) An employer must ensure that a single pole or double pole scaffold is

(a) supported against lateral movement by adequate bracing,

(b) anchored by one tie-in for each 4.6 metre vertical interval and one tie-in for each 6.4 metre horizontal interval,

(c) anchored by one tie-in for each 3 metre vertical interval and one tie-in for each 3 metre horizontal interval if the scaffold is hoarded, and

(d) set plumb on a base plate, jackscrew or other load dispersing device on a stable service.

(2) An employer must ensure that ropes or wire ropes used in scaffolding are

(a) protected against fraying or other damage, and

(b) made of heat or chemical resistant material if there is a possibility of exposure to heat or chemicals.

(3) An employer must ensure that wooden scaffolds are constructed of unpainted dressed lumber.

(4) Despite subsection (1)(c), an employer must ensure that hoarded masonry walk-through scaffold frames are

(a) anchored by not less than one tie-in for each 9 square metres of hoarding surface area, and

(b) have vertical tie-ins spaced at least 2 metres apart but not more than 3 metres apart.

(5) If scaffolding or a temporary work platform can be damaged by powered mobile equipment or a vehicle contacting it, an employer must take reasonable measures to protect the scaffolding or temporary work platform from being contacted.