OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 6 Cranes, Hoists and Lifting Devices

Section 85 Signal systems

(1) An employer must ensure that

(a) if a signal system is used to control the movement of a material hoist the signal descriptions are posted at each floor or level and at the operator’s station,

(b) the operator of a material hoist, and a designated signaller at the floor or level where loading and unloading is being performed, maintain visual or auditory communication with each other at all times during loading and unloading, and

(c) if an electrical or mechanical signal system has been installed to coordinate the movement of the hoist’s skip, platform or cage, the system is arranged so that the hoist operator knows from which floor or level a signal originates.

(2) An employer must ensure that a material hoist erected at a building that is more than 20 metres high has a signal system that

(a) is installed at each floor or level and at the operator’s station,

(b) is designed to allow voice communication between a worker at any floor or level and the operator, and

(c) informs the operator from which floor or level the signal originates.