ATTN ONTARIO: SUSPENDED PLATFORM WORK REQUIRES A SPECIAL PRE-USE INSPECTION

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The Ministry of Labour requires a "Special Pre-Use Inspection" on all anchors or fixed supports before any suspended work is started and used for construction purposes (work such as caulking, painting, window replacement, brick work, etc.). In other words, all work other than window cleaning.

The Ministry of Labour continues their safety blitz on existing buildings where work is being performed from a suspended platform. As of January 1, 2017 all buildings require an Engineered Inspection report over and above the normal annual roof anchor inspection required for window cleaning and/or fall protection.

The Ministry of Labour regulations O. Reg. 213/91 was amended and now requires three additional steps when a contractor uses a suspended swing stage.

  1. The supplier of the stage must inspect and tag each component of the stage.
  2. The installer of the stage must supply an engineered installation plan showing the setup of the stage.
  3. The building owner or property manager must perform a Special Pre-use Inspection of the roof anchors.

The Ministry of Labour requires a "Special Pre-Use Inspection" on all anchors or fixed supports before any suspended work is started and used for construction purposes (work such as caulking, painting, window replacement, brick work, etc.). In other words, all work other than window cleaning.

The specific pre-use engineered inspection includes:
  • Review of the roof anchors and roof plan to ensure it depicts all fixed supports, securement details and conforms to the requirements under section 10 of CSA Standard Z271-10.
  • Review of the roof plan to ensure that the anchors are suitable and adequate for the attachment of suspended work platforms, and lifelines. To ensure that it is signed, stamped and dated by a professional engineer (note: this roof plan is required to be posted at the roof entrance).
  • Ensure all roof anchors and other fixed supports have been inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations and meet the requirements of Clause 11 (inspection and testing) of CSA Standard Z271-10.
  • Review system design to ensure all elevations of the building may be suitable for
    suspended access work and suited to the generic or specific contractor supplied
    work plan.
  • Report and provide feedback for any deficiencies that may affect the safe
    performance of the intended suspended work.
  • Provide an engineered approved (stamped) report based on the above.

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