OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 104 Test weights

Subsection 104(1)(a)

Marking the test weights with their true weight must be done in a way that is legible, easily read and able to withstand the effects of the weather.

Subsection 104(1)(b)

To get an accurate indication of the weight being lifted, the test weight must not be prevented from being lifted. To avoid freezing to the ground or creating a vacuum, the weights can be placed on blocking when not in use. See Figure 6.42.

Figure 6.42 Accurate test weights placed on blocking

Subsection 104(2)

The lifting attachment of a test weight cannot be made of reinforcing bar (rebar) steel. This steel is of low ductility and low impact strength.