SCC Rigging Report Now Available

The primary objective of the Industry Report on Standards Referenced in Canadian Regulations for the Hoisting and Rigging Industry is to provide relevant and up-to-date standards information to the CHRSC and its stakeholders, to assist in the identification of areas where harmonization and alignment efforts across jurisdictions may benefit industry from safety, mobility and economic perspectives.

The full report is available at the following URLs:

2015 Crane & Rigging Conference

November 9-10, 2015

For the fifth year, the Crane & Rigging Conference Canada will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, bringing a high level of educational opportunities to crane owners, users, and trainers.

Visit The Crane & Rigging Conference website for more information.

2014 Crane & Rigging Conference

Crane & Rigging Conference
October 20 & 21, 2014
Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort

Crane professionals from all the western provinces and many from the United States are expected to attend the two-day event, which features industry-leading presentations and safety topics.

Important Notice About BC Equivalency Certification


Do you have a government‐issued crane operator certificate from a Canadian province or territory outside British Columbia? Do you plan to work as a crane operator in BC?

If you have a government‐issued crane operator certificate from a province or territory outside BC and you want to work in BC, you are required to be registered with the BCACS and obtain a BC Equivalency Certificate.

All operators must possess an acceptable credential, prior to entry into the province of BC.


Go to and click on the button marked BC Equivalency Package.  You are required to review sections of the WorkSafeBC OHS Regulation, sections of the Workers Compensation Act, and other important information that will ensure you are familiar with health and safety regulations and requirements in British Columbia.

Once you have reviewed the material, complete the application and send it to the BCACS along with your payment and a legible copy of your government‐issued crane operator certificate. The BCACS will verify your certificate with the issuing province or territory before processing your application.

NOTE: Verification of your certificate is required and we have no control over how long that may take. Accordingly, we must advise you that it may take up to 8 weeks to issue your certificate. You cannot arrive in BC and expect to obtain your credential immediately upon submission of your application.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 604‐525‐1227.


Fraser Cocks, Executive Director, BCACS
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the BCACS

Crane Jurisdiction and Railways in BC

Bill 20, Railway Safety Act

Bill 20, Railway Safety Act received Royal Assent on March 31, 2004. This bill included a consequential amendment to delete section 108(2)(b) in Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act. This amendment results in the transfer of occupational health and safety jurisdiction for railways from the provincial government to the WCB. This transfer of occupational health and safety jurisdiction came into effect April 1, 2004.

As of April 1, 2004, the WCB has occupational health and safety jurisdiction for short-line railways, which represent lines that feed into the federally controlled railways, along with industrial and recreational railways. This includes two common carriers (Southern and E&N), approximately 45 industrial rail sites (e.g., Cominco in Trail), more than a dozen tourist railways, and SkyTrain.

The provincial government retains occupational health and safety jurisdiction for BC Rail, pending completion of the Investment Partnership with CN. Following which, the jurisdiction for occupational health and safety for BC Rail will lie with the federal government.