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Rear-loading compacting equipment

  • ISBN: 978-1-4249-6190-0
  • Issued: May 2004
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009
Photo of a rear-loading compacting vehicle

A worker(s) shall be protected from any pinch point at the point-of-operation during the packing cycle either by:

  1. A movable guard that is interlocked so that it is in place before the packer panel is within 150 mm (six inches) of the pinch point. The movable guard shall be designed so that it shall not be hazardous in itself and so that the hazard from projectiles during the packing cycle is eliminated. For guard interlocking see Appendix "A".

    Or by all of the following safety features:

    1. A control that provides an interrupted cycle. Actuation of the control shall cause the packer panel to stop not less than 150 mm (six inches) or more than 406 mm (sixteen inches) from any pinch point. The control shall require re-actuation by a subsequent motion of the worker to complete the packing cycle.
    2. Actuation of the control to complete the packing cycle shall be by sustained manual pressure. The control shall be located so that the worker actuating the control:
      1. cannot reach any pinch point at the point-of-operation; and
      2. has a clear view of the point-of operation.
    3. Either:
      1. An additional set of sustained manual pressure controls for each additional worker shall be provided. The actuation of the controls shall take place concurrently in order to complete the packing cycle. The controls shall be located so that a worker cannot reach any pinch point and that the worker cannot operate more than one set of controls. All controls should be located on the side of the vehicle opposite the normal traffic side.

        Or

      2. A presence-sensing device shall be provided that will stop the motion to prevent access to the projectile hazard zone and the pinch-point. The installation of suitable presence sensing devices shall be subject to a formal risk assessment and such presence sensing devices shall be in compliance with IEC 61496 (for application/installation see IEC TS 62046).

Figure 1 - Rear-loading compacting equipment

Figure 1: Photo of a rear-loading compacting vehicle identifying specific  mechanisms (as listed).
  1. Packer panel
  2. Packer panel in interrupted cycle position
  3. Packer controls
  4. Sustained manual pressure controls

Figure 2 - Rear-loading compacting equipment

Figure 2: Photo of a rear-loading compacting vehicle identifying specific  mechanisms (as listed)
  1. Packer controls
  2. Provision for "clear view" & preventing worker from reaching the point-of-operation
  3. Sustained manual pressure control