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

Guidance Notes

Driven Machinery Regulations, 2015

17. Transportation plants


(1) No user may 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 44 of the Act; and
(b) the user 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 head of the relevant provincial office of the Department of Labour 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 certifying that they have 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 they are satisfied that the provisions of this subregulation have been complied with and that the transportation plant may be safely used, grant permission in writing for the use thereof, subject to the conditions that they may determine.



(a) Anybody who wants to install a transportation plant must be in possession of a letter authorising him or her to install and operate the plant.
(b) Applications for permission to install and operate a transportation plant must be submitted to a DoL office in a province where a plant is installed.


(4) An inspector may withdraw the permission granted in terms of subregulation (3) if they deem it necessary in the interests of safety.


(5) The user shall cause the entire installation and all working parts of a transportation plant to be subjected to a thorough examination and 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 and every time after they are erected, and thereafter at intervals not exceeding 12 months: provided that in the absence of such prescribed performance test the entire 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 that forms part of the transportation plant to be thoroughly examined by a person referred to in subregulation (5) at intervals not exceeding six months.


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