OHS Code

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

Section 329 Scaffold planks

(1) An employer must ensure that a commercially manufactured scaffold plank is used, stored, inspected and maintained according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

(2) An employer must ensure that a solid sawn lumber scaffold plank is

(a) graded as scaffold grade or better, and

(b) sized 51 millimetres by 254 millimetres.

(3) An employer must ensure that a solid sawn lumber scaffold plank

(a) is used, stored, inspected and maintained according to the manufacturer’s specifications, or

(b) if there are no manufacturer’s specifications, is made of at least number one grade lumber that is 51 millimetres by 254 millimetres with a wane limited to 20 percent of the width of the wide face of the plank and the warp limited to ensure a flat surface.

(4) An employer must ensure that a scaffold plank

(a) is visually inspected by a competent worker before it is installed in a scaffold,

(b) is subjected to and passes a load test before it is installed in a scaffold if a visual inspection reveals damage that could affect its strength or function,

(c) extends not less than 150 millimetres and not more than 300 millimetres beyond a ledger, and

(d) is secured to prevent movement in any direction that may create a danger to a worker.

(5) Despite subsection (4)(c), an employer must ensure that an overlapping scaffold plank extends not less than 300 millimetres beyond a ledger.