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Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

Version of section 229 from 2019-06-25 to 2021-06-03:

  •  (1) An employer must not require an employee to operate materials handling equipment unless the employee is an operator who is capable of operating the equipment safely.

  • (2) A person must not operate materials handling equipment unless

    • (a) they have a clear and unobstructed view of the area in which the equipment is being operated; or

    • (b) they are directed by a signaller.

  • (3) Materials handling equipment must not be operated on a gangway with a slope greater than the maximum slope recommended by the manufacturer of the equipment.

  • (4) A person must not leave materials handling equipment unattended unless the equipment has been properly secured to prevent it from moving.

  • (5) Every employer must establish a code of signals for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b) and must

    • (a) instruct every signaller and operator of materials handling equipment employed by them in the use of the code; and

    • (b) keep a copy of the code in a place where it is readily available for examination by the signallers and operators.

  • (6) A signaller must not perform duties other than signalling while any materials handling equipment under their direction is in motion.

  • (7) If it is not feasible for a signaller to use visual signals, a telephone, radio or other audible signalling device must be provided by the employer for the signaller’s use.

  • SOR/2019-246, s. 324

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