WorkSafeBC and BC Crane Safety Host Tower Crane Industry Safety Conference

The Tower Crane Industry Safety Conference was held on March 15, 2018 in Richmond, BC. More than 150 industry professionals from across the province attended the event. Click here for more details.

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to update their policies regarding Limited Scope and Full Scope crane operator designations as Level D certification is no longer applicable.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
4.19.01

(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.

Qualifications
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.

BC Crane Safety Database Update

Starting in January, 2018, BC Crane Safety will be updating all crane operator files. You may receive a phone call from us requesting personal information such as your email address, mailing address, employer, and date of birth. All calls will originate from the BC Crane Safety office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 604-336-4699 or email info@bccranesafety.ca

Canada/European Union Crane Operator Credential MRA Project Moves Forward

Canada/European Union Crane Operator Credential MRA Project Moves Forward

Click here for the trade release in English.
Click here for the trade release in French.

Revised WorkSafeBC Operator Certification Guideline in Effect

The preliminary revision of Guideline G14.34.1 Operator certification was posted on the WorkSafeBC website on November 21, 2017. Click the link below for the complete guideline.

“Crane operator certification is administered through the British Columbia Association for Crane Safety (BC Crane Safety). As the administrator, BC Crane Safety is responsible for the certification process; including application, assessment, quality assurance, and maintenance of the certification scheme. BC Crane Safety has the authority to issue crane operator certification in B.C.”

G14.34.1 Operator certification

Click here for the trade release in English.
Click here for the trade release in French.

ECOL Newsletter – All the Latest Information on Plans for a European Crane Operators Licence

The European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) newsletter is now available. It includes information on the ECOL foundation and benefits of the licence.

The newsletter is available in three languages:

Crane Mechanic Designation

A Crane Mechanic (Limited Scope, Non-commercial Lift) designation allows the mechanic to operate a crane in the role of mechanic on behalf of an employer. The designation is restricted to that role and does not allow commercial lifts to be made. The employer is responsible for all lifts. Full details are available on the Crane Mechanic (Limited Scope, Non-commercial Lift) Get Certified page.