OHS Code

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

Section 325 Load

(1) An employer must ensure that a scaffold is designed and constructed to support at least 4 times the load that may be imposed on it.

(2) An employer must ensure that the load to which a scaffold is subjected to never exceeds the equivalent of ¼ of the load for which it is designed.

(3) An employer must ensure that a scaffold used to carry the equivalent of an evenly distributed load of more than 367 kilograms per square metre is

(a) designed and certified by a professional engineer, and

(b) constructed, maintained and used in accordance with the certified specifications.

(4) Subsection (3) applies to a type of scaffold that is not otherwise specifically referred to in this Code.

(5) An employer must ensure that all workers on a scaffold are informed of the maximum load that the scaffold is permitted to carry.