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Cable Support Solution for Operating Theatres

Large & heavy-weighted cables have become a safety concern in many surgical & medical rooms.

Last year, MSA Magnetics sold a number of Cable-Mates to an operating theatre in the Hunter Region, NSW. They attached these to their laparoscopic towers, instrument carts & trolleys which are now used to hold their cables & power leads securely out of harm’s way.

Graham Cutler, the Nurse Unit Manager of John Hunter Hospital says he “chanced on this product whilst looking for a product to hold onto cables & power leads in the operating theatres. The MSA Cable-Mate is well suited to the healthcare environment as it can be placed on most laparoscopic towers and cleaned to meet infection control guidelines. Highly recommended product”.

Cords, cables & hoses are a major OH&S concern, causing many workplace injuries. According to OSHA, most general industry incidents involve slips, trips, and falls. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. The Cable-Mate has been proven to help create a safer workplace area & are perfect for storing & handling electrical cables, leads, hoses & wires in a practical position.

Cutler also says that “MSA’s level of customer service is excellent – they have responded to requests & questions quickly & efficiently in a very professional manner”.

Reduce trip hazard risks & increase workplace safety by using MSA’s Cable-Mate devices. For more information view our product here, or contact our friendly team today.

The Patented System is available in Australia, New Zealand & North America.

Are you aware there are deep field and shallow field Lifting Magnets available?

Deep field (Passive Shunting) Lifting Magnets have been used for many decades in Australia. In the last ten years shallow field (Active Shunting) Lifting Magnets have been gaining in Popularity.

To understand why we need to look at the differences and what that means in the workplace.

Deep field magnets are generally durable robust pieces of equipment, but many people are not aware that they will only lift their advertised capacity at the depth of their magnetic field.

This depth varies between sizes. An average PML 500kg magnet has a 40mm deep field. This means it is only rated to lift 500kg if the material you are handling is 40mm thick. If the material is 20mm thick this 500kg magnet is rated to lift 350kg.  A 1-tonne deep field magnet typically has a 60mm deep field, so on 20mm material thickness, it is rated to lift 350kg which is the same as a PML 500kg magnet.

A shallow field magnet rated to lift 400kg has a 12.7mm deep field so it can lift 400kg of 12.7mm material. When you are handling 20mm plate it is still rated to lift 400kg.

Interestingly, most deep field magnets are not rated to lift material less than 10mm thick while many shallow field magnets are rated on material as thin as 0.5mm thick.

So, what that means in the workplace when you are using deep field magnets, is there is more potential to mismatch the magnet to the load.

A mismatch like using a 1-tonne PML with a 60mm field to lift 15mm plate will result in the lever being very hard to actuate and very hard to turn off. The lever will be very forceful on release resulting in a risk of wrist injuries.

Furthermore, a calculation is required by the operator to ensure the magnet is rated to lift the material at the given thickness.

Using a shallow field magnet on material from 0.5mm to 25mm thick will ensure that the levers actuate in a gentle manner, reducing potential wrist injuries while reducing the risk of operator error due to misunderstanding their magnets capacity on various thickness’s.

At MSA we supply both types and are looking forward to offering advice on which type suits your requirements.

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