OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 127 Use near energized electrical equipment

Metal ladders and wooden ladders with side rail metal reinforcement wires must not be used during the servicing of energized or potentially energized electrical equipment. To maintain their non-conducting properties, ladders intended for use around energized electrical equipment need to be kept clean. All surface build-up of dirt, dust, grease, grime and other conductive materials needs to be removed. These materials may create a path for electrical current to travel along the surface of the ladder and endanger the person using the ladder.