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Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations (SOR/2007-128)

Regulations are current to 2021-05-19 and last amended on 2021-04-01. Previous Versions

PART 3Tackle (continued)

DIVISION 1Cargo Gear (continued)

Category 4 Lifting Appliances Onshore or on Restricted Vessels (continued)

Use of Lifting Appliances

 The operator of a category 4 lifting appliance shall not use it to lift

  • (a) a load that exceeds the maximum load with which it was tested in accordance with subsection 6(2) of Schedule 4; or

  • (b) a load at a radius greater than the maximum radius at which it was tested in accordance with subsection 6(2) of Schedule 4.


 A durable placard that sets out the following in clearly legible letters and figures shall be securely fixed to a category 4 lifting appliance’s cab in a location easily visible to an operator seated at the control position:

  • (a) the load radius chart for the safe working load of the appliance;

  • (b) the appliance’s model number and serial number;

  • (c) the length of the appliance’s boom; and

  • (d) any conditions specified by the manufacturer.

Inspection and Maintenance
  •  (1) Category 4 lifting appliances shall be inspected and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

  • (2) The requirements of clauses 4.1 to 4.3, 4.5 and 4.6 of the Safety Code on Mobile Cranes shall be met in respect of mobile cranes.

Mechanical, Electrical, Gearing, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems

 The mechanical, electrical, gearing, hydraulic and pneumatic systems that are part of a lifting appliance shall

  • (a) meet design standards at least equivalent to

    • (i) if the lifting appliance is operated on board a foreign vessel, design standards approved by the government of the state whose flag the vessel is entitled to fly,

    • (ii) if the lifting appliance is operated onshore or on a restricted vessel, those set out in

      • (A) the regulations of the province in which the appliance is being operated,

      • (B) the standards of the International Standards Organization, or

      • (C) the standards of the Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V. (DIN), or

    • (iii) in any other case, the regulations, rules or codes of a classification society; and

  • (b) be suitably protected or constructed for the environment in which they are likely to be used.


  •  (1) Rope shall not be used unless

    • (a) it is free from patent defects;

    • (b) it is used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations;

    • (c) it is made of one continuous length;

    • (d) in the case of wire rope, it meets the requirements of sections and of Safety and Health in Ports; and

    • (e) in the case of wire rope that has a splice in it and is used in the raising or lowering of a load that could rotate, the splice prevents the lay of the wire from opening.

  • (2) Wire clips shall not be used to form a terminal joint in a wire rope unless the rope is used in standing gear and the clips are fitted in accordance with their manufacturer’s recommendations.

  • (3) Wire rope shall not be used on a category 1 lifting appliance, a mobile crane on a vessel or a category 5 lifting appliance installed on a vessel if the rope is

    • (a) anti-rotation or torqueless left-handed laid wire rope of 4 × 29 construction with strands composed of one core wire, seven inner wires, seven filler wires and 14 outer wires, if the core wire or the inner wires have a greater diameter than that of the outer wires; or

    • (b) of essentially the same design as the rope described in paragraph (a).

  • (4) Rope made of fibre interspersed with wire strand shall not be used on the main hoist of a lifting appliance.

Thread Diameter of Sheaves

  •  (1) If a wire rope is used on a lifting appliance referred to in column 1 of Schedule 8, the thread diameter of a sheave that is used with the rope shall be not less than

    • (a) the diameter set out in column 2 if the rope is used as a running rope; or

    • (b) the diameter set out in column 3 if the rope is used as a fixed span rope.

  • (2) Despite subsection (1), if the manufacturer of the rope has recommended a thread diameter of a sheave that is greater than that required by subsection (1), the thread diameter of the sheave shall be not less than that recommended by the manufacturer.


  •  (1) Pallets shall be of adequate strength for the use for which they are proposed and free from visible defects that would likely affect their safe use.

  • (2) Pallets that are used in conjunction with bar bridles shall have a lip of at least 75 mm.

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

 Mobile elevating work platforms that are not lifting appliances shall meet the requirements of any regulations of the province in which they are being operated.

Forklift Trucks

  •  (1) The lifting capacity of a forklift truck that is specified by the manufacturer in terms of mass and distance from the mast

    • (a) shall be marked on the truck in a readily visible location; and

    • (b) shall not be increased by adding counterweights or by any other means.

  • (2) The mass of the truck and of any counterweights, as well as their total mass, shall be marked on a forklift truck in a readily visible location.

Wrought Iron Loose Gear

 Loose gear made of wrought iron shall not be used.


  •  (1) Repairs that involve the heating, fairing or welding of structural stress-bearing parts of lifting appliances and repairs to loose gear shall be performed by an expert person.

  • (2) Webbing slings shall not be repaired.

Structural and Control Safety Measures

Eliminating the Possibility of Dangerous Contact
  •  (1) Chain and friction drives, cog wheels, electric conductors, gearing, motors, shafting, sheaves and steam pipes that are part of cargo gear shall be covered, shielded, fenced, enclosed or otherwise protected by covers or casings, barriers, guardrails, screens, mats or platforms to eliminate the possibility of dangerous contact by persons or objects.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of parts that are, by their position or construction, as safe as if they were protected as required by that subsection.

Reducing Risk of Accidental Descent
  •  (1) Cranes and winches shall be provided with means that minimize the risk of the accidental raising or lowering of a load.

  • (2) For the purpose of subsection (1),

    • (a) the lever that is used to raise or lower the load shall

      • (i) raise the load when moved back or towards the operator,

      • (ii) lower the load when moved forward or away from the operator, and

      • (iii) return to the neutral position when released by an operator;

    • (b) a lever that controls the link motion reversing gear of a crane or winch shall be provided with a spring or other locking arrangement; and

    • (c) the motion of the slew control and the resultant direction of the slew shall be consistent.

Use of Lifting Appliances with Limit Switches
  •  (1) If limit switches are provided on a lifting appliance, the appliance shall not be used unless the switches are in good working order.

  • (2) Limit switches shall not be left in the by-pass condition when the appliance is in operation.

Equipment for Lifting Appliances
  •  (1) Lifting appliances shall have an emergency stop button at the operator’s position.

  • (2) A lifting appliance’s machinery shall have a means for promptly cutting off its power in the event of an emergency.

  • (3) A category 2 lifting appliance shall have

    • (a) an adjustable automatic slow-down device on the lowering function; and

    • (b) an indicator specifying the overrun to be expected under normal working conditions.

  • (4) If wind speed is a limiting condition for the use of a lifting appliance, the appliance shall have an anemometer that

    • (a) is located on a part of the appliance that is exposed to the wind; and

    • (b) has a read-out in the operator’s cab or, in the case of a self-unloading vessel, on the bridge or in the control room of the vessel.

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