SECTION 3 EQUIPMENT. CLASSIC STANDARD 3.03 Ladders, Stairs, Working Platforms & Walkways

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1 () &&* SECTION 3 EQUIPMENT CLASSIC STANDARD 3.03 Ladders, Stairs, Working Platforms & Walkways 1

2 Purpose The purpose of this standard is to document the design and maintenance requirements for all ladders, working platforms, stairs and walkways at the RTA Weipa Site. Scope This standard shall apply to all ladders, stairs, working platforms and walkways used by or on behalf of RTA Weipa. For line crew portable platforms refer to the Code for Electrical Worker's Safety Equipment 1997 with amendments to July Definitions A Working Platform Is an area provided for access or working which is elevated above the surrounding floor or level. Elevated Working Platform (EWP) Is a telescoping, scissor or articulating used to position personnel, materials and equipment at work locations, and provides a working area for persons elevated by and working from the platform. Includes scissor lifts, boom lifts and truck mounted EWPs (travel towers). 3 Points of Contact: Ladders A person may climb or descend a ladder without Fall Protection provided that they are able to use both hands and legs to do so; 3 points of contact must be maintained at all times (ie two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand) face the ladder and use one step at a time. Ladders shall be tied off or supported below. Stairs and Walkways When using stairs and walkways hand rails must be used at all times for support Actions and Accountabilities Superintendents shall ensure that: All ladders, stairs, working platforms and walkways are constructed as per AS 1657 and AS 1892 Walkways and working platforms have complete floors, are equipped with standard handrails, midrails and toeboards and have safe access and egress. They establish and maintain the registers for all ladders, stairs, working platforms and walkways. All portable ladders have identity numbers or equipment numbers clearly displayed. Portable ladders and working platforms are inspected on a three monthly basis, as per Annex A Ladder Inspection Criteria, and are colour coded with the current CLASSIC inspection colour code. 2

3 Fixed ladders, stairs, working platforms and walkways are inspected on an annual basis, as per Annex A. Fixed ladders used for servicing overhead cranes are provided with a padlocked, horizontally hinged door. Fixed ladders exceeding 2.5 metres in length are equipped with a cage extending from a point between 2 metres and 2.2 metres from the lower level to a height of at least 900mm above the top level served by the ladder. All elevated working platforms are checked prior to use, as per Annex B Pre-Start Checklist for Elevated Work Platforms. All Employees shall ensure that: They inspect portable ladders and working platforms prior to use, as per Annex A and Annex B. They do not use portable ladders and working platforms bearing a colour code that is not current. Portable Ladders with structural defects are permanently removed from service and destroyed. They do not use metal ladders in close proximity to live electrical conductors or in other hazardous areas where sparking could result in a fire or an explosion. Handrails must be used for support when using stairs and walkways. When using a ladder, ensure that it is tied off at the top or supported at the base. Where possible, the ladder must be on an angle of 4 to 1. (That is, 1 metre out at the base for every 4 metres of height). When climbing or descending a ladder, ensure that both hands and feet are free to do so, and that they face the ladder and use one step at a time. When mounting or dismounting any piece of equipment, plant or machinery: o Ensure that the equipment, plant or machinery is stationary and the park brake applied. o Use only locations that have steps and/or handholds. o Always face the equipment, plant or machinery unless using access steps that are designed to allow otherwise. o Ensure that both hands and feet are free to allow 3 points of contact at all times (for example, two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand). o Check the ground condition for stability. o Not jump off any equipment, plant or machinery. o Not use any controls as handholds. 3

4 o Not carry any items in either hand when doing so unless using access steps that are designed to allow one hand to be free. 4

5 References Metalliferous Mining Regulations 1985 Workplace Health & Safety Act & Regulations Code for Safety Equipment for Work in Electrical Industry (1991) (QEC) AS Fixed Platforms, Walkways, Stairways & Ladders. AS Portable Ladders - Metal CLASSIC Element 3.08 Colour Coding, Labelling & Signs Rio Tinto Safety standards C4 Work at Height Queensland Government Department of Industrial Relations Work Systems Work Platforms Documents Portable Ladder Register Fixed Ladders and Stairways Register Working Platform Register Fixed Ladder & Stairway Inspection Sheet Annexes Annex A Ladder Inspection Criteria Annex B Pre-Start Checklist for Elevated Work Platforms 5

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