OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 62 Rated load capacity

Subsections 62(1) and 62(2)

Rated capacity is the maximum load for which a lifting device is designed and built. Displaying this directly on the lifting device provides an employer with information necessary to comply with section 12 of the OHS Code.

For example, a lifting device with a rated capacity of 45 tonnes means that the device, with standard components and operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications, will lift a load of 45 tonnes without over-stressing any of the components and without exceeding safety factors. The 45 tonne rated capacity includes the weight of any auxiliary devices and rigging.

The rated capacity of a crane varies with the angle of the boom and its boom length.

In general, a commercially manufactured product has the following qualities

(a) it is designed and built to some standard or generally accepted engineering principles that make it safe for use;
(b) it is designed and built by person(s) with the skill or competence to be able to make the product safe;
(c) it is produced with the intention of being generally available to anyone who wants to buy it – normally there is an exchange of money;
(d) it is normally supported by the manufacturer with a warranty, guarantee, and product support; and
(e) liability and safety issues related to its use have been addressed by the manufacturer.

It is implied by the OHS Code, that a product that is “commercially manufactured” is “safe” because it has been produced by a “manufacturer” that has the skills and competencies to do so.

Subsection 62(3)

This labelling requirement does not apply to A-frames and gin poles.