OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 596 Unattended machines

Subsection 596(1)

Due to the risk of fire and the very serious consequences of a fire in an underground mine, no rubber-tired, self-propelled machine can be left unattended unless the engine has been shut down and the unit has been secured from unintended movement according to subsection (2).

Subsection 596(2)

Workers must ensure unattended vehicles are properly parked so they do not move and create hazards for other workers. By parking on the level, or by ensuring the unit’s wheels are turned or blocked appropriately, the potential for a runaway is minimized.