OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 606 Conveyor roadways

Subsection 606(1)

All roadways in an underground mine may be used as escape routes by workers. As a result, such roadways must be kept clear of obstructions at all times.

Subsection 606(2)

The height of a conveyor roadway is dictated by the conveyor profile, the clearances required to move materials safely and the need to have the mine easily accessed by workers. The minimum requirement of 1.5 metres may be increased at the employer’s discretion to accommodate variations in material heights and other conditions in the mine.

Subsection 606(3)

Because of the hazards associated with operating conveyors, all workers must travel only in the clear space on the conveyor roadway. As noted in subsection (1), these roadways must be kept clear of any obstructions that could impede the effective movement of any worker.