OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 109 Operator responsibilities

This section describes two of the more critical operator responsibilities when operating the shaft hoist. These are braking control and speed control.

Subsections 109(1)

The brake control may be hand or foot operated but must be of the positive pressure or “deadman” type where physical force or pressure is required to keep the brake in the “off” position. Release of this force automatically engages the brake.

Subsection 109(2)

Because the cage typically is guided, it is acceptable to operate the hoist at a rate of speed greater than that acceptable for a chimney hoist. However, the maximum speed at which the cage can be raised or lowered while transporting a worker must not exceed 1.2 metres per second.