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Construction Regulations 2014 state you MUST do these five things if you use suspended platforms

by , 13 March 2014
If there's one thing the Department of Labour (DoL) doesn't tolerate, its non-compliant behaviour. And you'll be punished harshly if you fail to comply with Construction Regulations 2014. Since that's a risk you can't afford to take, make sure you comply with these five requirements if you use suspended platforms on your contraction site.

Revealed: Five additional requirements for suspended platforms

In this article, we gave you four requirements for suspended platforms as stipulated by the new Construction Regulations 2014. Now, we're going to give you five more requirements you must comply with.

#1: According to the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors, Construction Regulations 2014 require you to ensure parts of the building or structure on which the outriggers of a suspended platform are supported, are checked by means of calculations.

This will help ensure the required safety factor is adhered to without risk of damage to the building or structure.

#2: You're required to ensure that the suspension wire rope and the safety wire rope are separately connected to the outrigger;

#3: You must provide each person on a suspended platform with a body harness as a fall prevention device. This protection gear must be attached to the suspended platform at all times.
 

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#4: Construction Regulations 2014 state that a contractor must ensure that a suspended platform is:
 

  • Suspended as near as possible to the structure to which work is being done to prevent as far as is reasonably practicable horizontal movement away from the face of the structure;
  • Fitted with anchorage points to which workers must attach the lanyard of the safety harness worn and used by the worker. These anchorage connections must have sufficient strength to withstand any potential load applied to it.

#5: You must ensure that a suspended platform is fitted with a sign that shows the following things:

  • The maximum mass load;
  • The maximum number of workers who must be on the suspended platform ; and
  • The maximum total mass load, including the load and people, which the suspended platform can carry.

Now that you know all the requirements for suspended platforms, make sure you comply with Construction Regulations 2014.

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