BC Crane Safety’s 2021 Annual Report is now available. Please visit our Year-end Reports page for more info.
Letter from the Executive Director
2021 will no doubt be a year to remember. Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic and extreme weather events, our industry had one of the busiest years on record. The construction industry was deemed an essential service in 2020 and displayed incredible safety leadership with COVID-19 protocols keeping workers and the public safe. Except for tourism/hospitality and film production, almost every other sector we serve was working beyond capacity.
As we start to return to pre-pandemic routines, employers face new challenges. What began as a skilled labour shortage due to an aging and retiring workforce, has turned into a labour shortage across all industry sectors. Recruitment, retention, and training capacity have become key areas of focus. With our competency-based certification program, BC Crane Safety is well positioned to attract new entrants into the industry. We provide clear paths for apprentices, challengers, operators from other provinces, and operators from some other countries with credentials that meet globally recognized standards.
This year, we welcomed some new team members, including Nicole Santos (Certification Analyst) and George Louie (Accounting Supervisor). We ended the year by relocating our office to the Fraser Valley to be closer to our stakeholder community. 2022 will be a busy year as we forge ahead with ISO 17024 accreditation, prepare to launch a new website, and develop more and more resources to support our stakeholders. We continue to work with industry, WorkSafeBC, and training providers to further improve safety and compliance in all crane operations.
I’d like to acknowledge the hard work of our staff, Directors, and our various partners in making 2021 a success. Thank you. I look forward to all the good work ahead!