Hydraulic Jacks

(Including Port-A-Power Units)

Hazards Identified
Slipping, crushing injuries, overloading of jack, hydraulic hose rupture

Hazard-Specific Personal Protective Equipment
Eye protection

Hazard-Specific Training
Familiarization with the specific equipment being used

Safe Work Practice

  • Choose a jack rated for the task to be done.
  • Before use, inspect the hydraulic jack for leaks, broken parts or damaged, kinked or sharply bent hoses or lines.  Make sure that it is operating properly.
  • Ensure that the hydraulic jack is on a firm foundation.  Provide a solid base if used on soft ground.
  • Position cylinder plunger so it has full contact with the load.
  • If so equipped, use hydraulic gauges to check proper operating pressures.
  • Operate the pump away from the load, and always avoid the area beneath the load.
  • Use shut-off and check valves only for temporary load holding.
  • Use cribbing and blocking for sustained holding.
  • Jack stands or blocking must be used while working under the load.
  • If using hydraulic jacks with a combination of hose and pump, ensure that all components are compatible and are rated for the pressure to be used.
  • Ensure that the hydraulic jack is inspected once per year by a competent person.

Regulations, Standards and References
Occupational Safety General Regulations, Manufacturer’s Manual or Operating Instructions for the specific hydraulic jack being used

Goals of the FSSNS

  • Save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Reduce all costs associated with work place accidents.
  • Improve profits.
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory bodies.
  • Manage and establish ownership of industry managed loss control programs.
  • Reduce Workers' Compensation rates.
The Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia is registered under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. It is a separate entity, having a Memorandum of Association and By-Laws. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors, representing all sectors of the forest industry.