OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 72 Controls

Subsection 72(1)

“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 permitted.

Subsection 72(2)

A drilling rig is typically equipped with a control that maintains a pre-determined weight on the drill bit. This control can be hydraulically or air-operated and adjusts automatically as drilling conditions change.

Subsection 72(3)

“Visually distinguishable” means that the operator is visible at a distance and can be identified as the operator. This can be accomplished by the wearing of high-visibility clothing or markings of a distinctive colour.