OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 156 Boom-supported work platforms and aerial devices

(1) An employer must ensure that a worker on a boom-supported elevating work platform, boom-supported aerial device, or forklift truck work platform uses a personal fall arrest system

(a) connected to

(i) an anchor specified by the manufacturer of the work platform, aerial device or forklift truck, or

(ii) if no anchor is specified by the manufacturer, an anchor point certified by a professional engineer that meets the requirements of CSA Standard Z259.16-04, Design of Active Fall-Protection Systems, and

(b) when connected to the anchor, the lanyard, if reasonably practicable, is short enough to prevent the worker from being ejected from the work platform or aerial device but is long enough to allow the worker to perform his or her work.

(2) An employer must ensure that a worker on a scissor lift or on an elevating work platform with similar characteristics uses a travel restraint system consisting of a full body harness and lanyard

(a) connected to an anchor specified by the manufacturer of the scissor lift or elevating work platform, and

(b) when connected to the anchor, the lanyard, if reasonably practicable, is short enough to prevent the worker from falling out of the scissor lift or elevating work platform but is long enough to allow the worker to perform his or her work.

(3) Subsection (2) does not apply if

(a) the manufacturer’s specifications allow a worker to work from the scissor lift or elevating work platform with similar characteristics using only its guardrails for fall protection, and

(b) the scissor lift or elevating work platform is operating on a firm, substantially level surface.

(4) Despite subsection (2), if a worker’s movement cannot be adequately restricted in all directions by the travel restraint system, the employer must ensure that the worker uses a personal fall arrest system.