OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 69 Load over work areas

Subsection 69(1)

The planning for a lift must ensure that, wherever possible, a load is not moved over workers. The planning process should assess

(a) the type of load and its rigging requirements,
(b) whether the load might drift, fall freely, or be released unintentionally,
(c) whether the lifting device might strike workers, and
(d) whether the lifting device might fail or fall over.

Subsections 69(2) and 69(3)

Subsection (3) prohibits workers from standing or passing under a suspended load, whether the load is moving or stationary. However, if there is no reasonably practicable alternative, the workers must be warned of the hazard and the lifting device operator must be aware of workers standing under the suspended load.

Subsection 69(4)

The load must be carried as close to the ground or grade as possible (and should be close to the lifting device) to reduce the possibility of injury or equipment damage in the event that the load is dropped. Other precautions that should be followed when moving a lifting device that is carrying a load include:

(a) if the device has a boom, it should be as high as possible while still ensuring that the load does not swing;
(b) the load should be carried in line with the device; and
(c) the bottom edge of the suspended load should be carried at a height no greater than the shoulder height of workers attending the load.