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!
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:
Suite 620, 800 Burrard St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2J8
If you wish additional information, check Transport Canada’s site:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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 email@example.com or 604-336-4699. We’re here to help.
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 Better Practices page or download the Revised Tower/Self-Erect Crane Pre-Assembly Checklist here.
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.
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:
- Certification – establish minimum qualification standards for the assembly/disassembly community
- Assembly/Disassembly Community Registry (BCACS)
- Formalized Reference-checking procedure (BC Formwork Association)
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 worksafebc.com.
A new WorkSafeBC Bulletin provides guidance on preventing lifting point failures in construction.
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.