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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Stop Use and Inspection Notice: 3M Self Retracting Lifeline

3M issued a notice for specific versions of the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ Self Retracting Lifeline with Anchor Hook. 3M Fall Protection has identified a very low potential for the DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ Self Retracting Lifeline with Anchor Hook to be assembled with an unformed top swivel eye rivet. An improperly formed rivet may become displaced from the top swivel eye. An unformed rivet may result in the SRL becoming detached from the anchor hook, which could result in severe injury or death.

Click here for the full stop use notice.

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Top climbing a tower crane: Ensuring safe assembly and dismantling

WorkSafeBC Bulletin

BC Association for Crane Safety is reaching out to all stakeholders who participate in the assembly and disassembly of tower cranes in our province. As the next phase in the ongoing Tower Crane Safety Initiative, we are developing a Tower Crane community of practice group to discuss next steps moving forward. Based on initial conversations with the various stakeholder groups as the result of the Kelowna incident, four distinct recommendations have so far been tabled for future discussion and possible use:

  1. Certification – establish minimum qualification standards for the assembly/disassembly community
  2. Assembly/Disassembly Community Registry (BCACS)
  3. Formalized Reference-checking procedure (BC Formwork Association)
  4. Expansion to the NOP (Notice of Project) procedure (WSBC)

The crane sector prides itself on its proactiveness, its professionalism, and levels of engagement with the OH&S regulator. Our aim is to help flesh out an industry-driven change that meaningfully addresses the concern and presents a workable solution, without waiting for the long process of multiple investigations, inquiries, and litigation to conclude. BC Crane Safety asks for anyone interested in participating in this working-group or are able to provide SMEs (subject matter expert) contact us to be included so we can begin planning the initial discussion. Please forward your contact info and details of industry experience to:

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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.

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BC Crane Safety Signs Mutual Recognition Agreement with European Crane Operator License Foundation

BC Crane Safety reached a ground-breaking Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the European Crane Operator License Foundation (ECOL) recognizing that the certifications issued by the two organizations are equivalent and interchangeable.  

The agreement is based on a detailed comparison and alignment of standards governing the safe and effective operation of mobile cranes. 

“What this means,” says Fraser Cocks, former Executive Director of BC Crane Safety, “is that mobile crane operators who are certified by BC Crane Safety are now eligible to work in parts of the EU without undertaking additional training or testing. It also means the same for EU operators who want to work here to help meet temporary surges in demand for operators to support major projects when we can’t find qualified operators in Canada.” 

As of July 2020, ECOL licenses operators in the Netherlands and Belgium but is working toward the inclusion of all EU states.  

The crane operator profession impacts a wide range of sectors – from utilities to resource development and major construction projects. Canadian companies with global interests will have the ability to employ their Canadian operators on overseas projects, while providing assurance that they meet the highest standards of professionalism in the world.

“Agreements like this will enhance crane operator training on a worldwide level,” says Ton Klijn, Director of ESTA, the organization that established ECOL. “ECOL can improve both safety and employment flexibility, allowing good operators to work wherever they are needed – something that will be a significant plus, especially for the big international operating companies.”

The ECOL MRA is the first MRA that BC Crane Safety has agreed but the organization hopes to have further MRAs in place in the near future.

About BC Crane Safety

BC Crane Safety is the crane certification and licensing authority for BC and was established by WorkSafeBC in 2005 to design, administer and maintain the certification system for safe, professional crane operations as required by provincial law. BC Crane Safety provides leadership for health and safety development within the crane hoisting industry; serves as an advisory body on regulatory and safety matters; works closely with industry, labour and government to develop and implement new standards of assessment and certification; and provides leadership in the establishment, maintenance and support of industry-specific assessment tools (theory and practical) which result in a BC Crane Operator designation.

About ECOL

The European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) is a non-profit organization, structured as a foundation under Dutch law and governed by a supervisory board with representatives from the crane users, crane manufacturers and crane operator labour unions. ECOL was created by ESTA – the European association of abnormal road transport and mobile cranes – which was founded in 1976. ESTA represents national trade associations whose members are mobile crane and access platform, rental and abnormal road transport companies. Today, ESTA has active members in 21 countries. 

The ECOL system sets a standard for the training and examination of operators; it also sets a standard for the content and quality of the training and examination administered. The training itself, as well as examinations, is done by local, ECOL-accredited training institutes. ECOL is committed to developing a system for the optimum distribution of safe and qualified crane operators within Europe.

Media Contact:

Clinton Connell
BC Crane Safety
595 Burrard Street
PO Box 48883 Bentall
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A8

Clinton Connell Appointed New Executive Director

I am very pleased to announce that Clinton Connell will be assuming the role of Executive Director for BC Crane Safety, effective June 1, 2020.

Clinton has spent the last 15+ years providing leadership at the strategic level for Eagle West Crane and Rigging. Clinton has also served on the BC Crane Safety Board for 9 years as well as holding a position on the BC Trucking Association Board of Directors for nearly 12 years. Clinton’s background covers entrepreneurial business management, leadership effectiveness and project management.

We are fortunate to have someone of Clinton Connell’s calibre and results-driven experience to take over the lead at BC Crane Safety. He has the right blend of vision and leadership to expand our programs and services and advance BC Crane Safety as we continue to serve our stakeholders provincially and internationally. His strategic management experience, visionary leadership and his proven financial and analytical acumen will serve to continue and leverage the Association’s international certification reputation and accomplishments.

In his role as Executive Director, Clinton will continue our mission to professionalize crane operator trades through certification and licensing as we expand our role as the recognized certification authority for BC and continue to support recognition of certifications from outside our province.

I am pleased to welcome Clinton as he takes over the role from Fraser Cocks who will continue to support BC Crane Safety during the transition.

Please join me in welcoming Clinton Connell to the BC Crane Safety team.


Ryan Burton
Chair, BC Association for Crane Safety

Click here for the official media release.