OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 542 Dumping block

Sections 542(a) and 542(b)

Dumping blocks or a ridge of material such as a berm are required if equipment may back into an opening or over the edge of a dump. The dumping point may include hoppers, stock piles or waste dumps. Dumps can be very high and a flip-over or roll-over could cause serious injury. To reduce the risk to workers and their equipment, physical barriers are required to assist in stopping.

Section 542(c)

If physical barriers are not practicable, a designated signaller with a stop signal may be designated to direct equipment. All appropriate measures must be in place to address hazards involving the equipment and the designated signaller.