Load shifting equipment

Work health and safety legislation requires operators of load shifting equipment to ensure equipment is safe and that its use does not present a risk to workers or others.

A notice of satisfactory assessment (NSA) issued by an accredited assessor is no longer a legislative requirement in South Australia for:

  • operators of front-end loaders (LL)
  • front-end loaders/backhoes (LB)
  • front-end loaders of skid steer type (LS)
  • excavators (LE)
  • dozers (LZ)
  • cableways/flying foxes (LC)
  • drag lines (LD).

However, it is still a requirement that load shifting equipment is operated safely and competently.

Evidence of competency

To prove competency, operators of load shifting equipment must provide one of:

  • a previous NSA issued by (or on behalf of) a regulator, such as SafeWork SA
  • a statement of attainment or other nationally accredited qualification for the plant operated
  • a certificate of competency for the plant or equipment issued by (or on behalf of) a regulator, such as SafeWork SA
  • an industry competency card or evidence of training completed at a registered training organisation to a standard equal to NOHSC: 7019
  • evidence of appropriate on-the-job training from an experienced and competent operator, with records of that training verified by the competent operator
  • evidence of previous experience and competency verified by a current or previous employer.

Operators must also demonstrate that their current level of competency is appropriate for the complexity of the work and the conditions of the worksite.

Related information

Other websites

Load shifting equipment - SafeWork SA


SafeWork SA help centre

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