OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 261 Maintenance on elevated parts

Elevated parts of powered mobile equipment can pose a serious hazard to workers performing maintenance and repairs. Elevated parts must be securely blocked to prevent their movement. In some cases, the equipment may also need to be locked out to ensure that it will not move and endanger workers. As an example, numerous workers have been killed or seriously injured while repairing or maintaining forklift trucks. Elevated forks can drop if they are not properly blocked to prevent unintended downward motion.