52. The supports and ropes or tackle carrying a stage shall have a factor of safety of not less than six.
53. Every person who is required to work on a stage at a height greater than 3 m shall wear a safety belt fitted with a safety line that is rigged to a life line so as to limit the free fall of a person from the stage to not more than 1.2 m.
- SOR/79-632, s. 4.
LADDERS AND GANGWAYS
54. (1) Every access ladder or gangway between a ship and the shore or between one ship and another ship shall provide a safe means of access between the ship and shore or between the ships, as the case may be.
(2) Every ship that is in dry dock or moored alongside a wharf or other ship shall be fitted with at least one access ladder or gangway that, in the opinion of a qualified person, complies with subsection (1).
(3) Where an access ladder or gangway leads to a location on board a ship at a height of more than 1 m above the deck, safe access to the deck shall be provided by means of a series of steps or some similar structure.
(4) Where a bulwark ladder is used to provide the safe access to the deck of a ship required by subsection (3), it shall be firmly secured to the bulwark so as to prevent its shifting, slipping or pivoting and shall be equipped with two handhold stanchions
(a) each not less than 40 mm in diameter;
(b) each extending not less than 1.2 m above the top of the bulwark;
(c) fitted at the point of boarding or leaving the ship not less than 0.7 m and not more than 0.8 m apart; and
(d) firmly secured to the ship’s structure at or near the base of the ladder and at a higher point.
- SOR/78-480, s. 1;
- SOR/79-632, s. 5.
55. (1) Every access ladder and gangway shall
(a) be maintained in a safe condition;
(b) be secured to prevent its shifting and slipping;
(c) be suitably rigged and maintained to compensate for the movement of the ship;
(d) be adequately lighted; and
(e) have a lifebuoy with line, strategically placed and ready for immediate use.
(2) When an access ladder is being used by a person to board or disembark from a ship, at least one end of the ladder shall be fastened securely and, if necessary to ensure safety, a person, other than a person engaged in manoeuvring the ship, shall be stationed at the ladder to assist the person using it.
56. (1) Safety nets shall be fitted under every part of an access ladder and gangway except where, in the opinion of a qualified person,
(a) the ladder or gangway and the approaches thereto are constructed in a manner that makes the fitting of a safety net unnecessary; or
(b) the fitting of a safety net is impracticable.
(2) Safety nets shall
(a) extend on both sides of an access ladder or a gangway for a distance of 1.8 m; and
(b) be kept taut at all times.
- SOR/79-632, s. 6.
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