OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 282 Load and slope limitations

Subsection 282(1)

As with all powered mobile equipment, all-terrain vehicles or snow vehicles must be operated according to the manufacturer’s specifications. If attempting to carry an excessive load, the entire balance and centre of gravity of the machine can be affected. Top-heavy loads can cause the unit to over-balance or rollover when operated on uneven or sloping ground. Similarly, overloading, combined with a sudden change of direction, could cause the unit to roll over.

Subsection 282(2)

The employer is ultimately responsible for ensuring that powered mobile equipment is operated safely. In cases where the manufacturer has not specified the operational limitations for an all-terrain vehicle or snow vehicle on sloping ground, the employer must develop and implement safe work procedures (Section 8 of the OHS Regulation requires that the procedures be in writing and available to workers). Those procedures must address the hazards to which workers will be exposed during machine operation.