OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 157 Water danger

Some work situations involve working above water where a fall into the water exposes a worker to the hazard of drowning. In such circumstances, workers must wear a life jacket or personal flotation device. If the fall protection system prevents a fall into the water, then the life jacket or personal flotation device is not required. For example, if a worker uses a safety net or personal fall protection system that arrests the fall and prevents the worker from making contact with the water, then a life jacket or personal flotation device need not be worn.