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

Driven Machinery Regulations, 1988

1. Definitions



In these regulations "the Act" means the Machinery and Occupational Safety Act, 1983 (Act 6 of 1983), and any expression to which a meaning has been assigned in the Act shall have the meaning so assigned, and, unless the context otherwise indicates -


“anti-repeat device”

means a device which incorporates a control system designed to limit the press every time a single stroke even if the control that is actuating the press is held in the operating position, and which requires the actuating controls to be returned to the neutral position before another stroke can be initiated;


“bench saw”

means a circular saw working in a bench (including a rack-bench) for the purpose of ripping, deep cutting or cross cutting but does not include a swing-saw or other saw which is moved towards the wood;


“block and tackle”

means a lifting device consisting of one or more pulley blocks reeved with chains, wire ropes of fibre ropes used solely for the raising and lowering of a load or moving a load horizontally;


“builder’s hoist”

means an appliance used in connection with building work for the raising or lowering of material by means of a platform, skip, cage or other receptacle on a fixed guide or guides;



means a platform enclosed on all sides but open at the top, designed for the purpose of raising and lowering persons by means of a lifting machine;


“divisional inspector”

means the divisional inspector defined in regulation 1 of the regulations published by Government Notice R.2206 of 5 October 1984;


“explosive powered tool”

means a tool that is activated by an explosive charge and that is used for driving bolts, nails and similar objects for the purpose of providing a fixing;


“goods hoist”

means an appliance used for the transportation of goods by means of a car, cage, cradle or other receptacle in a hatchway on fixed guides and in which persons never travel;



means a vertical or inclined way in which a goods hoist is operated;



means any crane of which the load is supported by a projecting horizontal or inclined member, known as a jib;



means any floor or platform which is an authorised stopping place for a goods hoist or builder’s hoist;


“lifting machine”

means a power-driven machine which is designed and constructed for the purpose of raising or lowering a load or moving it in suspension, and includes a block and tackle, hoist, crane, lift truck or jib-crane, but does not include an elevator, escalator, goods hoist or builder’s hoist;


“lifting tackle”

means chain slings, rope slings, rings, hooks, shackles, swivels, spreaders or similar appliances;


“lift truck”

means a mobile lifting machine, but does not include-

a) a vehicle designed solely for the purpose of lifting or towing another vehicle;
b) a mobile earth-moving machine; or
c) a vehicle designed solely for the removal of waste;


“point of operation”

means the place in a machine where material is positioned and where the actual work is performed;



means a driven machine that shears, punches, forms or assembles metal or other material by means of cutting, shaping or combination dies attached to slides having a controlled reciprocating motion but does not include bending brake presses, hot bending or hot metal presses, forging hammers and riveting machines or similar types of fastener applicators;


“transportation plant”

means apparatus used for the transportation of material by means of an elevated conveyance suspended from and travelling along a catenary rope or chain where persons may pass or work below the path of the conveyance, or any such apparatus used for the transportation of persons.