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

Driven Machinery Regulations, 1988

17. Goods Hoists



1) The user of a goods hoist shall cause -
a) the hatchway to be enclosed by means of walls, effective bratticing or grill work to a height of at least 2 100 mm and with a space between members of the bratticing or grill work of not more than 38 mm, wherever the hatchway is accessible from adjacent stairways, platforms or floors which are not authorised landings: Provided that the space above the hatchway landing doors shall be similarly enclosed;
b) every hatchway landing entrance to be provided with a substantial door or gate, any opening in which shall not be more than 38 mm wide and which shall be furnished with -
i) a mechanical lock so arranged that the door or gate cannot be opened unless the conveyance is at that landing; and
ii) a circuit breaker so arranged that the conveyance cannot be moved by power unless the door or gate is closed;
c) every goods hoist to be provided with an automatic device which shall be so arranged that the power will be cut off before the conveyance has travelled 300 mm past the top landing or 300 mm past the bottom landing;
d) a means to be provided which will hold the conveyance with its maximum load in any position in the hatchway when power is not being supplied to the hoisting machinery;
e) the conveyance to be enclosed on all sides, except the access side, to a height of at least 1350 mm above the floor of the conveyance and, where the height of the conveyance is less than 1350 mm, the sides except the access side to be completely enclosed;
f) the conveyance and counterweight to be carried by chains or steel-wire ropes of which the aggregate breaking load shall be at least six times the rated load of the hoist; and
g) the hoist to be controllable from the landings only and no means of control shall be provided inside the conveyance, nor shall the means of control be accessible from inside the conveyance.


2) The user of a goods hoist shall cause the hoist to be inspected at least once every three months by a person who has knowledge and experience of the erection and maintenance of goods hoists or similar machinery, in order to determine the serviceability of the entire hoist including guides, ropes and their connections, drums, sheaves or pulleys and all safety devices, and shall cause such person to enter and sign the result of each such inspection in a record book which shall be kept on the premises for that purpose.


3) The user shall cause a notice indicating the maximum mass load which may be carried at any one time and prohibiting persons from riding on the goods hoist, to be affixed at each landing.


4) No user shall require or permit any person to ride on a goods hoist and no person shall ride on such a goods hoist.