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Elevating Devices

Hand-powered Counter-balanced Manlift Test and Inspection Frequency Directive

This bulletin applies to all hand-powered counter-balanced manlifts. The intent is to clarify inspection and testing requirements to ensure consistent application.

A hand-powered counter-balanced manlift has a car frame and platform that is moved in the up and down direction, is powered by hand, and is intended for use by one person at a time. Hand tools and equipment are authorized and permitted so long as the capacity of the car is not exceeded, no equipment protrudes from the car, and the operation of the manlift is not impeded. Failure to have a safety test completed at the required time may result in your elevator being sealed out-of-service.

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The Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK) inspects and regulates elevating devices in Saskatchewan ensuring they are in accordance with the Passenger and Freight Elevator Regulations set out by the Government of Saskatchewan. Please click here to download the Passenger and Freight Elevator Regulations.

Elevator Safety establishes and enforces the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan Act to minimize potential hazards associated with complex electrical & mechanical equipment such as passenger and freight elevators, escalators, power and belt man lifts, hand powered manlifts, lifts for persons with physical disabilities, personnel hoists and ski lifts.Please click here to download the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan Act.

The safety act standards include:

  • Reviewing and registering equipment designs before installation
  • Initial inspection after installation to ensure all elevating devices meet the The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements - ASME A17.1 / CSA B44-13
  • Performs incident investigations
  • Licensing and inspecting operational equipment periodically to ensure safety standards are maintained 
  • Licensing contractors who install, maintain and test equipment

TSASK inspectors are certified by the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities (NAESA International).