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Rear-loader & Side-loader Container Lifting Equipment

  • ISBN: 978-1-4249-6190-0
  • Issued: May 2004
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009
Photo of Rear-loader & Side-loader Container Lifting Equipment

A worker shall be protected from any pinch point at the point-of-operation during the container raising-dumping-return cycle by the following: (photo and Fig. 8 shows one type of container only, requirements apply to all container lifting operations).

  1. Any pinch point within the container raising-dumping-return assembly and/or between the container raising-dumping-return assembly and the vehicle body shall be guarded to prevent worker access.


  2. The control for raising-dumping-returning the refuse container 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

    The worker operating the controls must be in full and clear view of the raising-dumping-return mechanism operation to be able to stop the motion at any time to prevent any injury to an additional worker who is part of the operation or to any other worker.

    The actuation of the control for raising-dumping-returning the refuse container (for side loader container lifting application only, see Fig. 8) shall be in two stages:

    1. An initial 'container engagement' cycle is carried out with one hand of the operator positioning the container to ensure proper engagement with the raising-dumping-return mechanism while the other hand is occupied operating the sustained manual pressure controls. This, in conjunction with written procedures implemented for the safe operation of the container engagement cycle, is considered to provide adequate protection for the worker.
    2. Once the containers are engaged, the actuation of the controls for the complete raising-dumping-return cycle shall be by sustained manual pressure controls that are positioned to prevent the worker from reaching any pinch point at the point-of-operation.

    The controls shall be located on the side of the vehicle opposite the normal traffic side.

Figure 8 - Rear-loader and side-loader lifting equipment

Figure 8: Close-up photo of a rear-loader and side-loader lifting vehicle identifying specific  mechanisms (as listed)
  1. Sideloader container lifting assembly
  2. Emergency stop bar (both sides of the container lifting assembly)