OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 330 Scaffold platform

A scaffold platform is a raised, typically flat, horizontal floor or surface that supports workers, material and equipment. This section establishes the minimum width for the platform of most scaffolds at 500 millimetres in order to provide an adequate working space. Exceptions include ladderjacks, pump jacks and similar systems where the width of the platform can be no less than 300 millimetres.

This section also requires that there be no space greater than 250 millimetres in width between any part of the platform and a structure adjacent to the platform. This is typically the wall of a building or similar structure and this space is needed for the passage of materials or equipment from one level to another. The 250 millimetre distance is measured at the point of widest separation.

Scaffold platforms should, ideally, be level in order to provide safe footing for workers. Where, for the purposes of accomplishing the work, there is a need to elevate one end of the platform, the surface of the platform must be such that workers do not slip or slide.

Scaffolds are used for a wide range of purposes and are often assembled around pipes or columns or other structures, resulting in an obstruction that workers must work around. In such cases, the platform must be constructed to prevent the creation of openings into or through which a worker might step or fall through.