OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 155 Fall protection on vehicles and loads

This section recognizes that it is not always reasonably practicable for an employer to provide a “hard” fall protection system that uses guardrails, a harness-lanyard-anchor combination or some other approach. Despite the employer taking steps to eliminate or reduce the need for a worker to climb onto a vehicle or its load, a worker may still need to go up on a vehicle or load. In such cases, the employer is allowed to use procedures in place of fall protection equipment as long as the load is secured against movement before a worker climbs onto the load. The procedures must meet the requirements of section 159.

Readers should note that the use of procedures in place of fall protection equipment is based on the employer determining that it is not reasonably practicable to provide a fall protection system for use by workers. The justification as to why it is not reasonably practicable, particularly when the employer’s work site has structures to which a fall protection system could be added or has the space to install a permanent or temporary system, should be noted.