OHS Code

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

Section 327 Vertical ladder on scaffold

(1) An employer must ensure that a vertical ladder that gives access to a working level of a scaffold is used by a worker only to move up or down between levels of the scaffold.

(2) Workers moving between levels of a scaffold on a vertical ladder

(a) must not extend a part of their body, other than an arm, beyond the side rails of the ladder, and

(b) must maintain a three-point stance on the ladder at all times.

(3) The employer must ensure that a ladder attached to a scaffold and providing access to a working level of a scaffold

(a) is securely fastened to the scaffold,

(b) does not lean away from the scaffold,

(c) extends at least 1 metre above the uppermost working level of the scaffold,

(d) has rungs that are uniformly spaced at a centre-to-centre distance of 250 millimetres to 305 millimetres,

(e) has a maximum unbroken length of 9.1 metres measured from the ground or between working levels, and

(f) is equipped with a ladder cage that begins within 2.4 metres of the ground or working level if the ladder is more than 6.1 metres in height.

(4) The employer must ensure that the ladder cage required by subsection (3)(f) is

(a) circular with an inside diameter that measures no more than 760 millimetres, or

(b) square with inside dimensions that measure no more than 760 millimetres by 760 millimetres.

(5) Despite subsections (3)(e) and (3)(f), the ladder may have a maximum unbroken length of more than 9.1 metres and does not require a ladder cage if a fall protection system complying with Part 9 is used.