3.10.7. Lifting of workers:
(1) A hoisting apparatus designed to lift persons shall be equipped with control levers of the deadman type, with an emergency stop button within reach of the workers being transported and a device that prevents the fall of the cabin in case of a defect in the electric or hydraulic supply.
(2) The lifting of a worker with an apparatus designed exclusively for the lifting of materials is allowed provided that:
(a) the apparatus is equipped with a platform;
(b) there are not more than 5 workers on the platform;
(c) every worker wears a safety harness secured by a fall arrest connecting device to an anchorage system, the whole in accordance with sections 2.10.12 and 2.10.15;
(d) the total load does not exceed 70% of the rated load of the hoisting apparatus;
(e) the operator of the hoisting apparatus uses the stabilizers when the apparatus is equipped with them;
(f) the hoisting apparatus is not displaced when a worker is on the platform;
(g) there is communication without intermediaries between a worker on the platform and the operator of the hoisting apparatus;
(h) the employer submits the plans, the description of the hoisting apparatus and the utilization process to the Commission, except for a mobile crane or a lift truck; and
(i) ladders, stepladders, scaffolds or other accessories are not used on the platform.
(3) The platform required in subsection 2 shall:
(a) have a non-skid floor;
(b) be built in such a way as to allow a clearance of 2 m above any point of the floor;
(c) be equipped with a metal guardrail on the 4 sides. The intermediate rail may be replaced by a wire mesh;
(d) have a minimal width of 500 mm;
(e) have a minimum safety factor of 4 for the structural elements;
(f) comply with the plans required in paragraph h of subsection 2 of section 2.4.1;
(g) if it has welded elements, be welded by a welder holding a Class “O” or “V” certificate of the Canadian Welding Bureau or a Class A or B qualification certificate in pressure vessel welding issued by the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity; and
(h) have a plate indicating the rated load of the platform, the total weight of the platform (including the rated load), the manufacturer’s name, the date of manufacture and a reference to the plans submitted. Identification of the welder shall be mentioned for any platform manufactured after 23 April 1980.
(4) During the hoisting of a worker with a mobile crane:
(a) the crane shall conform to CSA Standard Z150-1974 Safety Code for Mobile Cranes and its supplement No. 1-1977;
(b) the platform shall be suspended or held in such a way that:
i. the slope of the floor does not exceed 1/5 in the worst loading conditions; and
ii. the flexible suspension members of the platform and the supporting hitch or pin have a minimum safety factor of 10;
(c) an additional link shall tie the supporting hitch of the platform to a point located above the hook; and
(d) the mobile crane shall be equipped with an upper limit switch for the hook or with a boom allowing the lifting of the platform at least to 3 m above the highest work level.
(5) During the hoisting of a worker with a lift truck:
(a) the lift truck shall conform to CSA Standard B335.1-1977 Low Lift and High Lift Trucks;
(b) the platform shall encircle the forks and be secured to the apron of the lift truck;
(c) the total load shall not exceed 50% of the rated load of the lift truck;
(d) when the platform is equipped with a hoisting control, it shall be possible to stop the lift truck from this control and the latter shall have priority on any other control; and
(e) when the platform is not equipped with a hoisting control, the operator of the lift truck shall remain at the controls during the work.