OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 271 Equipment with rollover protection

If powered mobile equipment is equipped with a rollover protective structure (ROPS), it must be equipped with some way of keeping the operator and passengers inside the ROPS in case of equipment upset. Restraining devices are designed to prevent occupants from being thrown outside of the ROPS and crushed or otherwise injured. Two approaches are acceptable:

(1) seat belts that comply with the requirements of one of the listed standards; or
(2) where the work process makes wearing seat belts impracticable, alternate restraining devices may be used. To be acceptable, the alternate restraining device(s) must prevent the operator and any passengers from being thrown outside the ROPS. Shoulder belts, bars, grates, screens or other retraining devices are considered acceptable.

SAE Standard J386 (2006), Operator Restraint System for Off-Road Work Machines, provides performance and test requirements for pelvic restraint systems (seat belt assembly, seat system, anchorages) provided for off-road self-propelled work machines fitted with ROPS. Such machines are commonly used in construction, earthmoving, forestry, mining, and other industrial applications. A seat belt assembly complying with the standard will be permanently and legibly labelled with a statement that it complies with SAE Standard J386.

SAE Standard J2292 (2006), Combination Pelvic/Upper Torso (Type 2) Operator Restraint Systems for Off-Road Work Machines, provides performance and test requirements for combination pelvic/upper torso (3-point and 4-point) operator restraint systems for off-road, self-propelled work machines fitted with ROPS. A seat belt assembly complying with the standard will be permanently and legibly labelled with a statement that it complies with SAE Standard J386/J2292.