OHS Code

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

Section 343 Requirements for swingstage scaffold

(1) An employer must ensure that a swingstage scaffold is used only as a light duty scaffold.

(2) An employer must ensure that a swingstage scaffold is suspended by at least 2 upper attachment points placed so that the suspension ropes are parallel.

(3) An employer must ensure that a platform is at least 500 millimetres wide and fastened to the stirrups.

(4) An employer must ensure that a platform is equipped with rollers or fenders that bear against the side of the building or structure to hold the platform at a distance from the wall sufficient to avoid an obstacle, but not so far as to allow a worker to fall through the space between the wall and the platform.

(5) An employer must ensure that a thrustout, clamp or parapet hook is tied back or otherwise secured to a solid part of the structure and cannot move or be dislodged.

(6) An employer must ensure that counterweights

(a) are firmly attached to the thrustouts,

(b) are heavy enough to counterbalance 4 times the maximum weight likely to be on the scaffold, and

(c) do not consist of bagged or loose material.

(7) An employer must ensure that power units on a swingstage scaffold are equipped with

(a) manually operated constant pressure controls, and

(b) positive drives for raising and lowering the scaffold.

(8) An employer must ensure that a swingstage 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.