OHS Code

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

Section 337 Needle-beam scaffolds

(1) An employer must ensure that beams supporting a needle-beam scaffold

(a) are constructed of lumber, or a material that has properties equal to or greater than those of lumber,

(b) are not less than 89 millimetres by 140 millimetres, and

(c) are placed on their edge.

(2) An employer must ensure that planks forming the working platform of a needle-beam scaffold are pinned to prevent shifting.

(3) An employer must ensure that ropes supporting a needle-beam scaffold have

(a) a breaking strength of at least 39 kilonewtons, and

(b) a diameter of not less than 16 millimetres.

(4) An employer must ensure that beam ends of a needle-beam scaffold are provided with stops to prevent the ropes from slipping off the beam.