OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 266 Other safety equipment

Section 266(a)

Situations may arise in which the best way to prevent worker injury or damage to equipment and property is to shut down equipment quickly. This subsection requires that the equipment be equipped with a control device that permits the operator to do so. The device must be able to stop the unit of powered mobile equipment or any ancillary (accessory) equipment driven from the powered mobile equipment. The control device must be within easy reach of the operator and might take the form of a red-coloured emergency off button, a pull cord, or other similar device.

Section 266(b)

The presence, general dimensions or movement of powered mobile equipment may present a danger to workers. Where this is the case, the employer must ensure that the equipment is equipped with effective means of warning workers of the danger. Examples of effective means include

(a) audible warning systems,
(b) clearance or marker lights that outline the width, length, and height of the equipment, and
(c) flashing lights under some circumstances.

Section 266(c)

Powered mobile equipment must be equipped with seats or other installations sufficient to ensure that all workers authorized by the employer to be on the equipment are safe while the equipment is in motion. Equipment equipped with ROPS must also be fitted with seat belts, or another equally acceptable restraining device. Examples of common practices in violation of this requirement are workers riding in the boxes of trucks and on the forks of forklift trucks.

Section 266(d)

For powered mobile equipment equipped with a trailer hitch, the employer must ensure that safety clips are installed on the connecting pins. The safety clips prevent unintended disconnection of the trailer from the powered mobile equipment.