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Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001
Repealed version for 7 June 2011 to 31 December 2011 (accessed 21 September 2019 at 06:44)
Chapter 8 Part 8.4 Clause 232
232   Safe means of lowering materials—particular risk control measures
(1)  If an inclined or vertical chute is used on a construction site as a means of lowering materials, an employer must ensure that the following requirements are met:
(a)  the chute is properly secured to the building or other structure to which it is attached,
(b)  the chute is completely enclosed except as provided by this clause,
(c)  the open end at the top of the chute has a cover that can be locked securely,
(d)  each opening in the chute has:
(i)  a hinged or sliding door that can be locked securely when material is not being fed into the chute through the opening, and
(ii)  a hopper is fitted to it to channel material into the chute,
(e)  in order to prevent material that is being fed into the chute from spilling outside the chute, a solid fence at least 1 metre high and 1 metre long is erected at each opening in the chute at an angle of 45 degrees to the building line,
(f)  the discharge end of the chute is kept open at all times.
(2)  The employer must ensure that a designated area is provided around the discharge end of the chute and that this area is adequately fenced. Alternatively, if a bin is used at the discharge end, a fence with a hinged gate that can be securely locked must be provided around the bin at a distance of at least 2 metres from the bin.
(3)  The employer must ensure that doors and all other openings of the chute (except the discharge end) are closed and securely locked before:
(a)  any demolished material is removed from any such designated area, or
(b)  any such bin is replaced.
(4)  The employer must ensure that notices of the danger from discharged material are prominently placed at the discharge end of the chute and on the access gate of the fence.
(5)  In this clause, opening, in relation to a chute, means an opening in the side of the chute through which material can be fed into the chute.
Maximum penalty: Level 4.