OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 588 Auxiliary steering

The mining environment can involve travel on busy access or haulage routes that are many kilometres in length and that are in some cases built with extended gradients of up to 10 percent. In such an environment, the loss of vehicle steering control could put mine workers at risk of serious injury. As a result, this subsection requires that any rubber-tired, self-propelled machine meeting the criteria specified in (a) and (b) must be equipped with an auxiliary power source that enables the operator to steer the machine to a safe stop.

This section provides an exemption to any machine that has its use restricted to underground operations and a maximum operating speed of 20 kilometres per hour.