OHS Code

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

Section 108 Safety requirements

(1) An employer must ensure that an underground shaft hoist complies with the following:

(a) all supporting parts of the hoist machinery are set on and secured to a substantial foundation;

(b) it is equipped with positive drives for lifting and lowering the hoist cage;

(c) it does not have a clutch between the transmission and the hoist drums;

(d) it has a hoist drum with a spring-activated drum friction brake capable of stopping and holding the total suspended load in a safe manner under all operating conditions;

(e) it has a hoist drum equipped with a positive spring-activated pawl or similar device to lock the drum.

(2) An employer must ensure that an underground shaft hoist

(a) has a communication system available and working at all times between the hoist operator and workers at landings in the shaft leading to a tunnel or an underground space, and

(b) the controls of the communication system can be operated at all times at every landing in the shaft, on the hoist platform and at the operator’s position.

(3) An employer must ensure that there is an additional means of communication in an emergency available and working at all times between the operator of a shaft hoist and workers at the face of the tunnelling operations.

(4) An employer must ensure that, if a code is used in a communication system in an underground shaft hoist, the code is prominently posted at all times at every landing in the shaft and at the operator’s controls.