OHS Code

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

Section 351 Boatswain’s chairs

(1) An employer must ensure that

(a) a commercially manufactured boatswain’s chair is assembled, used and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications or specifications certified by a professional engineer, or

(b) a boatswain’s chair that is not commercially manufactured is designed and certified by a professional engineer.

(2) An employer must ensure that a boatswain’s chair provides stable support for the user.

(3) An employer must ensure that a rope used to suspend a boatswain’s chair is

(a) made of synthetic fibre with a breaking strength of at least 27 kilonewtons, and

(b) is compatible for use with the rigging hardware in the suspension system.

(4) An employer must ensure that a wire rope used to suspend a boatswain’s chair is

(a) of a type recommended for suspending boatswain’s chairs by the rope manufacturer, and

(b) is suitable for the hoist being used.