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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)

Driven Machinery Regulations, 1988

16. Transportation Plants



1) No user shall use or permit the use of a transportation plant unless -
a) it complies with a safety standard with respect to the design, construction, installation, operation and inspection thereof incorporated for this purpose into these regulations under section 36 of the Act; and
b) he is in possession of written authorization for the use thereof from an inspector.


2) Any person who wishes to use a transportation plant shall apply in writing to the divisional inspector for permission for such use and shall, together with such application, submit -
a) a complete set of design calculations and drawings of the proposed installation; and
b) a certificate issued by a registered professional engineer in which he certifies that he has checked the design of the installation and that such design will ensure the safe operation of the installation under all permitted loadings.


3) An inspector may, if he is satisfied that the provisions of this regulation have been complied with and that the transportation plant can be safely used, grant permission in writing for the use thereof, subject to such conditions as he may determine.


4) An inspector may withdraw the permission granted in terms of subregulation (3) if he deems this necessary in the interest of safety.


5) The user shall cause the whole installation and all working parts of the transportation plant to be thoroughly examined and subjected to a performance test as prescribed by the standard to which the transportation plant was manufactured, by a person who has knowledge and experience of the erection and maintenance of transportation plants or similar machinery and who shall determine the serviceability of the structures, ropes, machinery and safety devices, before they are put into use following every time they are erected and thereafter at intervals not exceeding 12 months: Provided that in the absence of such prescribed performance test the whole installation of the transportation plant shall be subjected to a load of 120 % of the rated mass load, applied over the complete operation range of such plant and in such a manner that every part of the installation is stressed accordingly.


6) Notwithstanding the provisions of subregulation (5), the user shall cause every hoisting rope and every hook or other load-attaching device which forms part of the transportation plant to be thoroughly examined by a person contemplated in subregulation (5) at intervals not exceeding six months.


7) The user shall cause the results of the examinations and tests prescribed in subregulations (5) and (6) to be entered and signed by the person carrying out such examinations and tests, in a record book which shall be kept on the premises at all times.