OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 603 Riding conveyor belts

(1) A worker must not ride on a conveyor belt unless the conveyor installation is certified by a professional engineer and designated by the employer as a riding conveyor belt.

(2) An employer must ensure that a conveyor designated as a riding conveyor belt complies with the following:

(a) it is at no place steeper than 15 degrees from the horizontal plane;

(b) it has head room clearance along its entire length of at least 0.9 metres;

(c) it has a maximum belt speed of 2.65 metres per second;

(d) it has a belt width of not less than 915 millimetres;

(e) it has mounting platforms with non-slip surfaces that

(i) are not less than 1.5 metres long and 0.6 metres wide, and

(ii) have a clearance of 2.4 metres above the platform for the length of the platform plus 10 metres beyond the platform in the direction the belt travels;

(f) it has dismounting platforms with non-slip surfaces that

(i) are not less than 15 metres long and 0.6 metres wide,

(ii) are fitted with a handrail, and

(iii) have adequate head room clearance to allow workers to dismount without stooping;

(g) the mounting and dismounting platforms are electrically illuminated;

(h) it has reflective signs that clearly indicate

(i) the mounting platforms,

(ii) the dismounting platforms, and

(iii) the approaches to dismounting platforms at 30 metres, 20 metres and 10 metres from the dismounting place;

(i) it has a safety device that automatically stops the belt if a worker travels beyond the dismounting platform;

(j) it has automatic brakes that apply when the belt is stopping.

(k) it has a safety device that automatically stops the belt if a tear or split in the belt is detected.

(3) An employer must develop safe operating procedures for workers who are required to travel on a riding conveyor belt.

(4) An employer must post the safe operating procedures for a riding conveyor belt in conspicuous and appropriate locations.