OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 134 Constructed portable ladder

Many falls happen when a proper ladder is unavailable at a job site and a makeshift ladder is constructed. Accidents happen when workers throw something together quickly in order to reach a roof, climb in or out of a foundation, or get from one level to another before stairs are installed.

A ladder constructed on site, known as a “constructed portable ladder”, can solve the problem. The ladder can be built as single- or double-width. Figure 8.5 shows some of the construction details of a constructed ladder.

Figure 8.5 Design details of a single-width constructed ladder