Powered Mobile Equipment

Powered Mobile Equipment (PME) is any self-propelling machine that helps move/transport an employer’s materials. It can also be equipment that provides a work platform for workers.

Some examples of PME are:

  • Forklifts;
  • Pallet jacks;
  • Agricultural tractors; and
  • Aerial lift platforms.
  • Skid steers, loaders, backhoes, trenchers, graders

Workers must be trained to safely operate powered mobile equipment before using it on the job. For more information on OHS legislation regarding PME, visit Safety in the Workplace. For more information on safely operating forklifts, see the WorkSafe publication, Safe Operation of Forklifts, below:

Safe Operation of Forklifts

Prevention Tips:

To help protect yourself and those around you:

  • Take all necessary training on the PME you will be operating;
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Ask questions if unsure;
  • Complete inspection
  • Wear seat belt (reg 158)
  • Ensure that workers are clear of the equipment before operating it;
  • When operating PME to transport materials, carry the load no higher than necessary to avoid limiting your vision; and equipment is designed and appropriate for task (reg 159)
  • When entering a worksite, ensure you are aware of all PME operating around you; follow traffic control plan
  • Wear high visibility apparel when working with or near PME;
  • Keep in eye contact with the operator when working near moving machinery or equipment; and ensure warning of reverse motion is in place (reg 160)
  • Do not use your cell phone while operating PME.

For more prevention tips and resources, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.