OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 258 Dangerous movement

Subsections 258(1) and 258(2)

The movement of powered mobile equipment can present a danger to workers located within range of moving loads or moving parts. These subsections require that:

(a) the employer not permit any worker to remain within range of a moving load or part,
(b) the operator, who has control over the equipment, must not move the load or equipment when any worker is in range of the moving load or equipment part, and
(c) workers are responsible for moving themselves out of range of a moving load or part.

Subsection 258(3)

Being crushed between a stationary object or obstacle and moving equipment is a frequent cause of worker injury. This subsection requires the employer to identify such hazards. The employer must then prevent workers from entering the pinch point or provide a minimum clearance distance of 600 mm between the obstacle and the powered equipment. Guarding or the placement of barricades to prevent access to identified pinch points are approaches that are often used. Where machines swivel in the middle as part of their steering mechanism and operators need to grease the centre pin, shutting down the machine and applying the brakes may be the best way to prevent potential operator injury.