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BS 5974:2010

Code of practice for the planning, design, setting up and use of temporary suspended access equipment

Status : Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : March 2010 Replaced By : BS 5974:2017

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BS 5974:2010 Code of practice for the planning, design, setting up and use of temporary suspended access equipment

Temporarily suspended access equipment (TSAE) support or contain workers working at height on engineering and construction sites. BS 5974 gives guidance and recommendations on installing (erecting, altering and dismantling), maintaining, examining and using TSAE in a safe manner. It also sets out the responsibilities of all staff involved in working with TSAE.

BS 5974 makes recommendations for the selection, design, installation, inspection, use and maintenance of temporarily installed suspended access equipment/systems (TSAE), as defined in BS EN 1808. Non-standard installations are also covered by this code.

TSAE can be a working platform or platforms, work cage or chair suspended from a suspension rig which would be assembled at the place of work, used to carry out specific tasks. TSAE will then be dismantled and removed from the place of work when the specific tasks are complete to be used elsewhere.

The equipment referred to in BS 5974 is typically suspended from steel wire ropes that are attached to the outriggers of a suspension rig or other suitable high-level anchor point. It is capable of being raised or lowered by means of a winch or climbing device that can be attached either to the working platform(s), work cage or chair or be incorporated into the suspension rig. The lifting appliance or appliances can be manually or power operated. In certain instances, the TSAE can be incorporated into a system that allows it to be traversed horizontally.

Steeplejacks and steeplejack operations are not covered in BS 5974. It also does not cover permanently installed suspended access equipment, that equipment is covered by BS 6037-1.

Requirements for slung scaffolds, being working platforms on scaffold tubes or wire ropes but which cannot be raised or lowered by the user, are contained in BS EN 12811-1.

This version of BS 5974 is a full revision of the standard, and introduces changes as a result of the following:

• Changes in legislation, in particular the introduction of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998
• Advances in technology.

This version of BS 5974 replaces BS 5974:1990, which is now withdrawn.

Contents of BS 5974:
1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
4 Identifying hazards
5 Planning and exchange of information
6 Responsibilities
7 Health and safety
8 Types of temporary suspended access equipment (TSAE)
9 Materials and component selection
10 Righting and overturning moments
11 Design criteria of the TSAE and installation
12 Identification and registration of components and marking of working load limits
13 Electrical requirements
14 Protection against lightning
15 Installation, commissioning, handover and dismantling
16 Maintenance, thorough examination and testing of TSAE
17 Using TSAEs
18 Care of materials and equipment in store
19 Personnel and training
Annex A (normative) Stability calculations
Annex B (normative) Scope and nature of thorough examinations
List of figures
List of tables


Standard NumberBS 5974:2010
TitleCode of practice for the planning, design, setting up and use of temporary suspended access equipment
StatusSuperseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date31 March 2010
Confirm Date01 November 2015
Withdrawn Date25 October 2017
Cross ReferencesBS 4293, BS 4444, BS 5268-2, BS 6399-2, BS 7375, BS 7671, BS 7883, BS EN 74-1, BS EN 795, BS EN 1808:1999, BS EN 12811-1, BS EN 60309-2, BS EN 60529:1992, BS EN 60529:1992+A2:2000, BS EN 361, BS 6037-1, BS ISO 4309, BIP 2118, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2007, Work at Height Regulations 2005, 2006/42/EC, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Regulations 1960, HSE L22:1998, HSE L113:1998, HSE HSG 141
Replaced ByBS 5974:2017
ReplacesBS 5974:1990
Draft Superseded By07/30016130 DC08/30181828 DC
DescriptorsSuspended scaffolds, Structural design, Decking (scaffolding), Temporary structures, Electrical equipment, Bosuns chairs, Safe working load, Design calculations, Cradles (hoists), Management, Occupational safety, Scaffolding fixing components, Roofs, Loading, Lightning, Design, Stability, Dimensions, Lifting equipment, Safety lines, Strength of materials, Training, Winches, Inspection, Construction operations, Electrical safety, Passenger hoists, Construction equipment, Construction workers, Marking, Ropes, Safety anchorages, Mobile working platforms, Erecting (construction operation), Scaffolding processes, Scaffolds, Scaffolding components, Factor of safety
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