OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 19 Powered Mobile Equipment

Section 257 Visual inspection

Subsection 257(1)

The operator of powered mobile equipment must perform a visual inspection of the equipment before starting it up. It is critical that a walk-around be done to check for obvious mechanical problems, equipment clearances, closeness to other equipment or structures, and other workers who may be at risk when the equipment is moved. Typically this can be done at the start of the operator’s work shift.

Subsection 257(2)

In addition to a start-up inspection, the operator must perform periodic inspections as required by the manufacturer’s specifications or the employer’s operating procedures. The focus of these inspections is equipment safety. Since the number of items to be checked can be considerable, it is suggested that a checklist be developed. Items that can be included on the checklist include tires, wheel lugs, suspension, engine/hydraulic system/fuel levels, fluid leaks, operating and marking lights, cleanliness of windshield and cab windows, condition of installed safety devices such as back-up alarms, flashers, turn signals, seat belts, parking brake etc., and any other item that can affect operating safety.

Subsection 257(3)

Situations may arise in which an operator cannot perform a pre start-up inspection e.g. equipment operated on a continuous 24-hour basis or is not shut down at the end of a shift. This subsection allows an operator to perform the required visual inspection at some time during the shift or work period other than at its start. As described in the employer’s operating procedures, an alternate time for the visual inspection could be during a period of production delay or a defined equipment fuelling period. The time and date of all inspections should be recorded.

Subsection 257(4)

No one is allowed to start the powered mobile equipment until a complete visual inspection as required by subsection (1) is done.