OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 259 Pedestrian traffic

Subsection 259(1)

At many worksites pedestrians can move about in close proximity to operating powered mobile equipment. To prevent accidents involving pedestrians, the employer must, if reasonably practicable, designate walkways that separate pedestrians from areas in which powered mobile equipment is operated. The employer must ensure that workers use the designated walkways.

Subsection 259(2)

Recognizing that it may not always be practicable to provide pedestrians with designated walkways, alternative safe work procedures may be used. Example include:

(a) the use of a traffic control system,
(b) the enforcement of speed limits for powered mobile equipment,
(c) a requirement for the powered mobile equipment operator to acknowledge the pedestrian’s presence before the pedestrian proceeds through the hazardous area,
(d) high visibility vests, and
(e) other equally effective means.