Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Safe working loads for excavators, draglines, telehandlers, loaders or combined excavators and loaders when used as cranes.

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55. (1) In this Regulation, reference to “machine” is a reference to an “excavator, dragline telehandler, loader or combined excavator and loader when used as a crane”.

(2) An employer shall ensure that—

(a) before a machine to which this Regulation applies is first used, a competent person—

(i) specifies the safe working load or loads which may be raised and lowered by the machine, or where its safe working load depends on the configuration of the machine, its safe working load for the different configurations are determined, and

(ii) provides a signed certificate specifying the safe working load and any necessary safety provisions,

(b) the certificate referred to in subparagraph (a)(ii) is kept available for inspection with the machine,

(c) a machine is not loaded beyond the relevant safe working load specified in the certificate required by subparagraph (a)(ii),

(d) the specified safe working load or loads and the outrigger position and the length of jib or boom to which the safe working loads relate is either plainly marked on the machine or a copy of the table relating safe working loads to the distance worked is affixed in a clearly visible position in the driver's cab,

(e) if, after the issue of the certificate required by subparagraph (a)(ii), a machine undergoes any substantial alteration or repair likely to affect the specified safe working loads, that certificate is cancelled and a new certificate is obtained,

(f) hydraulically-operated machines, except for machines with a maximum rated lift capacity of a 1,000 kg or less, are fitted with check valves on the cylinders used for lifting or by another means to prevent a gravity fall of the load in the event of a hydraulic failure,

(g) in the case of a telehandler, the safe working load is not greater than 1,000 kg unless fitted with an automatic safe load indicator or rated capacity indicator,

(h) unless a machine is fitted with an automatic safe load indicator or a rated capacity indicator, the safe working load is the same for all radii at which a jib or boom is operated and is not greater than the load which the machine in its least stable configuration is designed to lift with that jib or boom,

(i) means of identification are plainly marked on machines to which this Regulation applies, and

(j) machines to which this Regulation applies are examined and tested periodically in accordance with Parts B and C of Schedule 1.