OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 41 Work Requiring Rope Access

Section 830 Safety line

An industrial rope access system as required by the OHS Code requires two independently anchored vertical lifelines. One lifeline provides a means of primary support to the suspended worker – the working line. The other line provides backup security to the suspended worker should the working line fail or there is an equipment malfunction – the safety line. Both lifelines are used in conjunction with a full body harness and other ascent and descent devices whereby the suspended worker, responsible for his or her own progression, can access a work area by means of ascent, descent or traversing the lifelines.

As shown in Figure 41.1, it is appropriate for the worker’s safety line to be connected to the sternal or frontal attachment point of the worker’s full body harness. Unlike a full body harness used in industrial-type fall protection, a dorsal D-ring is not used.

Figure 41.1 Example of set-up used in industrial rope access work