OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 268 Bulkheads

Material or equipment can shift during a sudden or emergency stop, presenting a significant hazard to a powered mobile equipment operator. The employer must install a physical barrier such as a bulkhead (see Figure 19.1) or other protective device such as a cargo net to protect the operator. Because the bulkhead or protective device can be subjected to significant dynamic forces during an emergency stop, it must be properly designed and installed.

Figure 19.1 Examples of bulkheads

The reader is also referred to the Alberta Cargo Securement Regulation (AR 1/2005) under the Traffic Safety Act. This Regulation establishes a standard for properly securing a load on a commercial vehicle.