Tower/Self-Erect Crane Pre-Assembly Checklist Pilot Project **Revised 03-11-2022

The assembly and dismantling of Tower cranes is a complex task that addresses multiple risks. Components are delivered on commercial vehicle flat decks and are lifted into place with a mobile crane, supported by rigging equipment and a crew of assembly personnel. These operations are typically conducted in tight quarters, and often under extreme time pressure as dictated by the necessary street closure restrictions.

Crane-related owners, assembly/disassembly service providers and related organizations like BC Crane Safety (BCACS) and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) have taken an active role in working with WorkSafeBC and the City of Vancouver to propose changes to the assembly/disassembly process to make streets safer for construction crews, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and the public at large.

BC Crane Safety, in collaboration with WorkSafeBC and the City of Vancouver are proud to announce the implementation of the Tower/Self-Erect Crane Pre-Assembly Checklist Pilot Project.

See this bulletin for details and FAQ.

Visit our Next Practices page or download the Revised as of November 3, 2022 – Tower/Self-Erect Crane Pre-Assembly Checklist here.

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Tower Crane Assembly Near an Airport

Effective planning, communication, and procedures can keep workers safe when erecting tower cranes:

Each airport has AZRs (Airport Zoning Regulations). There are Canada-wide standards, but some airports have their own AZR restrictions.

If you are working above an airport’s AZRs allowable tip heights, you will require an Aeronautical Assessment (Performed by Transport Canada) to be completed along with a NAV CAN permit. This process can take up to 90 days to obtain both permits.

Transport Canada Requires an Aeronautical Assessment

For the Aeronautical Assessment, Transport Canada will require:

• Site logistics plan with all the crane heights and elevations listed for each step.
• Profile view of the crane with respect to the OLS and the variance between the two.

The Aeronautical form can be found at:


Forward the completed Aeronautical Assessment Form to Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation department:

Transport Canada
Suite 620, 800 Burrard St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2J8

If you wish additional information, check Transport Canada’s site: lighting-obstacles-air-navigation

The best approach for any work within 6km radius of an airport is to call the nearby airport and ask for a copy of their AZR. If you are compliant, reach out to NAV Canada for permission and to have a NOTAM issued. If you will exceed allowable tip heights reach out to both NAV CAN and Transport Canada.

NAV CAN can be reached through their customer-stakeholder services contact info:

• Email
• Telephone 1-613-563-5588
• Toll Free Telephone (North America) 1-800-876-4693
• TTY Line (Hearing Impaired)711 / 1-866-662-6478
• Toll Free Fax Line 1-877-663-6656
• Local Fax Line 1-613-563-3426


If you have any questions, please contact BC Crane Safety at or 604-336-4699. We’re here to help.

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New resources help construction employers create fall protection plans specific to their worksites

Safety planning plays a key role in protecting workers from fall hazards on a construction site. Employers can now use a new fillable template and companion guide to help create fall protection plans that meet the different needs of every worksite.

The fillable template* and companion guide are designed to help you create a fall protection plan to use and share with your workers. The companion guide will support you in making sure your plan is complete and accurate. In it, you will learn more about the following sections of the fillable template:

  • Project site description
  • Site-specific details for work at heights
  • Worksite details (including a grid for drawing)
  • Types of fall protection systems and procedures
  • Rescue procedures
  • Record of review

The guide also covers planning considerations and legislative requirements to keep in mind. For more information about keeping workers safe while working at heights, see the Falls from elevation and Fall protection webpages.

*Please note: The Fall Protection Plan template replaces the toolbox meeting guide, Written site-specific fall protection plan (TG 06-48), which has now been retired from

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Preventing Lifting Point Failures in Construction

A new WorkSafeBC Bulletin provides guidance on preventing lifting point failures in construction.


Cranes and Mobile Equipment Inspectional Approach

WorkSafeBC is developing a Cranes and Mobile Equipment Inspectional Approach, including a guide for officers, to employ a risk-based approach to worksite inspections:

  • Ensure appropriate risks are addressed at each inspection, focusing on the risks at each stage of the job,
  • Educate employers on the fundamentals of risk identification, assessment, and control using a multi-step process familiar to employers from the COVID-19 Safety Plan and reflecting the High-Risk Strategy inspectional approach designed for 2021 inspections,
  • Assess sustainability of risk reduction measures in place, and,
  • Promote effective health and safety management practices.

Collaborating with WorkSafeBC, BC Crane Safety is constructing crane-process-specific, self-inspection workbooks for use by Crane and Mobile Equipment team officers and is developing Level Up Inspection Program support materials, tools and presentations for key crane employers, prime contractors, supervisors, crane operators and related stakeholders.

Next Practices: Tower Crane Pre-Assembly Checklist

Our tower crane pre-assembly checklist has been updated. Visit our Next Practices page for more info and visit Work Safe BC for an updated guide on Tower Crane Safety

Annual Equipment Inspection and Certification

Click here for guidance developed by Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC) with the support of WorkSafeBC.

WorkSafeBC introduces new crane safety initiatives for 2020

Click here to view article in Crane and Hoist Canada.

Day of Mourning

Join WorkSafeBC in a moment of silence online on April 28 at 10:30 a.m. to remember the 140 B.C. workers who died last year from a workplace injury or disease.

Visit on the day to watch a commemorative video recognizing those we’ve lost.

WorkSafeBC – Employer Payment of 2020 Premiums

WorkSafeBC is postponing the payment deadline for Q1 2020, in light of the uncertainty and challenges many employers are facing during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Click here for more details.