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  • Material Handling - Small Crane Usage
  • What’s new – CSA Z142-10 Code for Power Press Operation: Health, Safety, and Safeguarding Requirements


Material Handling - Small Crane Usage

Throughout North America, we are changing job functions of our personnel in order to achieve greater efficiency. This is very important from a competitive perspective and the old concept of one person, one job, is disappearing. Assembly workers as well as many others have often had crane handling included in their job descriptions.

It can be argued that the potential for serious accidents is less with a ¼ ton crane than with a 20 ton crane but nevertheless, a serious accident can occur through the improper use of any industrial crane. In fact, there may be safety issues with small cranes that do not apply to larger cranes. As an example, the chain bags found on small   hoists sometimes wear out and no longer support the chain. When this happens, the chain can free fall and hit someone. This situation can result in a serious injury.

The Occupational Health & Safety Act requires those operating lifting devices; including small cranes, be adequately trained.

What’s new – CSA Z142-10   Code for Power Press Operation: Health, Safety, and Safeguarding Requirements

Unlike the USA, which has individual standards to deal with mechanical punch presses, hydraulic punch presses, and brake presses, in Canada, we have one standard that deals with all of them.

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CSA Z142-10 Code for Power Press Operation: Health, Safety, and Safeguarding Requirements have recently been published and has some significant changes from the previous edition. We strongly recommend that users of power presses in Canada purchase and understand the contents of this new code. The most significant changes relate to the following::

  • Direct drive (servo) press description and requirements
  • Machines included in the code
  • Machines excluded from the code
  • Continuous-on-demand control requirements
  • Requirements for pressurizing hydraulic tie rod nuts
  • Use and requirements for laser actuated active opto-electronic protective devices
  • Requirements for slow speed motion on brake presses
  • Elimination of radio frequency capacitance devices as safeguarding devices
  • Use and requirements of ram locks as blocking devices

A copy of CSA Z142-10 Code for Power Press Operation: Health, Safety, and Safeguarding Requirements are available from the Canadian Standards Association.  If you require more information about the Standard or related training, please feel free to contact us.