OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 8 Entrances, Walkways, Stairways and Ladders

Section 132 Rest platform exemption

Because of the distance and number of times a worker may climb a fixed ladder on a drilling rig or service rig, and the impracticality of providing platforms on a rig, workers are permitted to use an assist device, often counterbalanced, to ascend and descend the ladder. This assist device does not replace the need for a fall arrest system or ladder cage, as appropriate.