OHS Code

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

Section 341 Suspended scaffolds

(1) This section applies to suspended scaffolds other than suspended outrigger scaffolds or suspended swingstage scaffolds.

(2) An employer must ensure that

(a) a commercially manufactured suspended scaffold is erected, used, operated and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications or specifications certified by a professional engineer, and

(b) a suspended scaffold that is not commercially manufactured is designed and certified by a professional engineer.

(3) An employer must ensure that

(a) the upper end of the suspension rope terminates in a spliced loop in which a steel thimble or eye is securely inserted,

(b) the suspension rope is secured to a thrustout by a bolt passing through the shackle, the steel thimble or the eye and the bolt is drawn up tightly to the end plate of the shackle by a securing nut,

(c) the planks of the platform are laid tightly together and overlap the supporting ledgers at each end of the scaffold by at least 300 millimetres, and

(d) working platforms are not less than 1 metre wide.

(4) An employer must ensure that all parts of a suspended scaffold are inspected daily.

(5) An employer must ensure that

(a) thrustouts are securely anchored to the building,

(b) counterweights are not used for anchoring a thrustout, and

(c) a stop bolt is placed at the outer end of each thrustout.

(6) An employer must ensure that the working parts of a hoisting mechanism are left exposed so that

(a) defective parts of the mechanism can be easily detected, and

(b) an irregularity in the operation of the mechanism can be easily detected.

(7) An employer must ensure that a suspended scaffold platform has an enclosure that

(a) is on the 3 sides of the platform that are not adjacent to the building,

(b) is made of wire mesh that complies with section 322 or another material that is at least as effective at containing materials or equipment, and

(c) extends not less than 1 metre above the platform.