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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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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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.

Crane Operator Certificate Required When Working in BC Mines

The Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources is aware of changes in the BC Crane Operator Certification Scheme made since 2017. They will be working to update their policies regarding Limited Scope and Full Scope crane operator designations as Level D certification is no longer applicable.

For further information, please contact the Ministry directly.

The Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia is available online and provides regulatory guidance for mine sites in BC. The section on Miscellaneous Hoisting Equipment starts on page 172 of the Code. Below is an excerpt from the section on Miscellaneous Hoisting Equipment – Operation on page 175 of the Code.

Crane Operators

(1)  On or before June 1, 2018 operators of mobile cranes, boom trucks, folding boom and tower cranes performing critical lifts as defined in section 14.1 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, B.C. Reg. 296/97, shall have a valid crane operator certification issued by a certifying agency acceptable to the chief inspector.

(2)  On or before June 1, 2018, the manager shall ensure that workers performing occasional hoisting operations using mobile cranes, boom trucks, folding boom and tower cranes with a rated capacity equal to or grater than five tons or with a boom length of 25 feet or greater at a mine site are certified to Level D or equivalent of the British Columbia Crane Safety Association.

(3)  The certification documents referred to in subsections (1) and (2) must be readily available for review by an inspector.

Current Federal Occupational Health and Safety Regulations require an operator to comply with provincial laws – excerpt below. See Division II Maintenance, Use and Operation for full details.

14.24 No employer shall require an employee to operate motorized or manual materials handling equipment unless the employee

(a) is an operator; and

(b) where the laws of the province in which the equipment is operated require an operator’s licence, possesses an operator’s licence issued by any province.

SOR/88-632, s. 62(F); SOR/96-400, s. 1.

Credential Recognition Replaces Equivalency Designation

Crane operators with credentials from other Canadian provinces, the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom can now apply for credential recognition. Once they are verified as compliant, their home jurisdiction credential will be recognized in British Columbia.

Click here for more details.