S-2.1, r. 4 - Safety Code for the construction industry

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2.18.4. Vehicle arrangement:
(1)  Any motor vehicle primarily or regularly used for the transportation of workers shall:
(a)  be provided with handholds, steps and other accessories so placed and arranged that the workers can safely get in or out of the vehicle;
(b)  be provided with a device by which passengers can communicate with the driver, when the driver’s compartment is separated from the passengers’ compartment;
(c)  never transport a number of passengers that may jeopardize the safe driving of the vehicle or the safety of passengers; and
(d)  have the floor and the interior space reserved for passengers, in good condition and free from nails, screws, splinters, and other objects likely to be injurious to passengers.
(2)  Trucks and buses primarily or regularly used for the transportation of workers shall be:
(a)  constructed and accommodated for that purpose;
(b)  provided with seats or benches firmly secured in place;
(c)  covered with a roof and protected on the sides with solid walls having a minimum height of 1.2 m;
(d)  provided with 2 Bengal flares or 2 flashing lights. In case of a break-down on the road or within 3 m of the road, one of these devices shall be placed 30 m in front of the vehicle and the other one 30 m behind;
(e)  provided with a portable fire extinguisher in compliance with section 3.4.4 of this Code. The driver shall have the necessary knowledge concerning the type of fire extinguisher with which the trucks and buses are equipped and how it is operated;
(f)  provided with a first-aid kit in the driver’s compartment.
(3)  Trucks primarily or regularly used for the transport of the workers shall be provided with seats or benches offering the following characteristics:
(a)  a minimum width of 450 mm for each passenger;
(b)  so placed as to allow for a longitudinal aisle at least 600 mm when the seats are facing each other and 300 mm wide in other cases;
(c)  have a height between 380 mm and 480 mm above the floor;
(d)  have a minimum depth of 300 mm; and
(e)  provided with backrests extending to a height of at least 500 mm above the level of the seats or benches if these are not placed near the truck-rack or walls.
R.R.Q., 1981, c. S-2.1, r. 6, s. 2.18.4; O.C. 329-94, s. 24.