OHS Code

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

Section 345 Workers on swingstage scaffolds

(1) Before starting to work on a swingstage scaffold, a worker must inspect the scaffold to ensure that

(a) the thrustouts or parapet hooks are secured in accordance with section 343, and

(b) that counterweights meet the requirements of section 343.

(2) A worker on a swingstage scaffold must ensure that

(a) all ropes from the scaffold that extend to the ground or a landing are prevented from tangling, and

(b) when the scaffold is being moved up or down on its suspension ropes, the stage is not out of level by more than 10 percent of its length.

(3) A person on a swingstage scaffold must

(a) remain between the stirrups at all times,

(b) not bridge the distance between the scaffold and any other scaffold,

(c) not use a vertical lifeline used for fall protection as a means of entering or leaving a swingstage, and

(d) not use bagged or loose materials as counterweights on the scaffold.

(4) An employer must ensure that if a worker may fall 3 metres or more while working from a suspended swingstage scaffold, the worker’s personal fall arrest system is connected to a vertical lifeline.

(5) Despite subsection (4), an employer may allow a worker using a swingstage scaffold to connect a personal fall arrest system to a horizontal lifeline or anchorage on the swingstage scaffold if the failure on one suspension line will not substantially alter the position of the swingstage scaffold.