OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 6 Cranes, Hoists and Lifting Devices

Section 113 Safe use

Subsections 113(1) and 113(2)

“Constant manual pressure” is the deliberate, sustained application of force in order to operate the device. Typically, this force is applied by the operator’s hand or foot. Removal of this force is intended to immediately stop the operation. Any form of locking mechanism that keeps the control active without use of the operator’s hand or foot is not allowed.

The vehicle hoist operator must not approach the vehicle while it is being raised or lowered. The operator controls the motion of the lift and must do so responsibly.

Subsection 113(3)

A worker is responsible for ensuring that work is not done under a suspended vehicle unless it is on

(a) a vehicle hoist designed for that purpose, or
(b) substantial stands that are placed on a solid, level foundation and under the axles or frame are in place (see Figure 6.51). The use of the lifting device called a jack, supplied with the vehicle by its manufacturer, or similar device, is not permitted.

Figure 6.51 Example of substantial stand designed to support a vehicle load