OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 262 Starting engines

Subsections 262(1) and 262(2)

Powered mobile equipment can move unexpectedly if a worker tries to start the equipment while any drive mechanism or clutch is engaged. Training, worker competency and following the manufacturer’s specifications are key to preventing the equipment from moving unexpectedly.

Subsection 262(3)

It may not be possible to disengage the drive mechanism or clutch before starting up some types of powered mobile equipment. In such cases, the employer should identify the related startup hazards and ensure that workers are protected from injury. Restricting worker access or blocking and safeguarding the immediate area during startup may be one approach.