OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 23 Scaffolds and Temporary Work Platforms

Section 346 Worker safety

This section prohibits a worker from remaining in or on a moving basket, bucket or other elevating platform in situations where doing so creates a danger to the worker. Examples of such situations include road traffic conditions in which there is reduced or restricted visibility, or road surfaces are too slippery for safe travel. Overhead wires and cables may be an electrical contact hazard if they are energized, or present an entanglement hazard.

Where the worker is not in any danger, the worker may remain in or on a moving basket, bucket or other elevating platform. This often involves moving a short distance, as might occur between street lamps during bulb replacement or lamp cleaning. In spite of this subsection, the employer must comply with the manufacturer’s specifications for movement with a worker onboard.