OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 6 Cranes, Hoists and Lifting Devices

Section 65 Log books

Subsection 65(1)

Log books are a crucial source of relevant information about the operational condition of a lifting device. Employers have the option of using a conventional hard copy version that typically stays with the lifting device or an electronic version typically linked to a computer. Figure 6.8 is an example of a daily crane operation log book.

Subsection 65(1.1)

Manually operated hoists are used widely across many industries. Often these hoists are portable units such as come-alongs transported in vehicles and with equipment. Reflecting the difficulty and impracticality of maintaining log books for these hoists, log books are not required for manually operated hoists.

Subsection 65(2)

Because the information in the log book can be critical during a lifting operation, it is important that the log book

(a) be readily available to an occupational health and safety officer and ready for inspection in a prompt, timely and cooperative manner,
(b) be up-to-date, accessible and ready for use by an operator in a prompt and timely manner, and
(c) stays with the lifting device if ownership of the device changes.

Figure 6.8 Example of an operator’s daily crane log book

Subsection 65(3)

In addition to the listed details, it is good operating practice to record in the log book the results of a pre-use check that includes the following:

(a) structural condition;
(b) time, date, weather condition;
(c) damage;
(d) running repairs;
(e) all accidents and incidents involving the crane; and
(f) “shock loading” incidents.

In the case of tower cranes, CSA Standard Z248-04, Code for Tower Cranes, specifically requires that before commencing work each day, the crane must be operated through its full range of movements to ensure that all limit switches, signal lights, brakes, and audio and visual indicators are functioning properly.

Subsections 65(4) and 65(5)

For control and audit purposes, it is important that each entry in the log book is

(a) signed by the person performing the work if it is a paper log book, or
(b) identifies the person doing the work if it is an electronic log book.

Subsection 65(6)

Having the employer’s representative initial entries in the log book ensures that the employer has knowledge of all the crane’s activities.