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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.
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.
BC Crane Safety
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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.
Chair, BC Association for Crane Safety
Click here for the official media release.
Click here for the WorkSafeBC information bulletin.
Click here to view article in Crane and Hoist Canada.
Click here for the latest issue of the European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) newsletter.
Join WorkSafeBC in a moment of silence online on April 28 at 10:30 a.m. to remember the 140 B.C. workers who died last year from a workplace injury or disease.
Visit dayofmourning.bc.ca on the day to watch a commemorative video recognizing those we’ve lost.
WorkSafeBC is postponing the payment deadline for Q1 2020, in light of the uncertainty and challenges many employers are facing during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
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The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation requires employers to ensure that a professional engineer provides annual certification that the following types of equipment are safe for use:
- Vehicle-mounted elevating work platforms
- Self-propelled boom-supported elevating work platforms
- Mobile cranes
- Aerial firefighting devices
The OHS Regulation states that inspections of these types of equipment must be in accordance with “good engineering practice.”
To help employers and engineers better understand what “good engineering practice” entails, Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC) has recently released a new resource, Certification of Annual Equipment Inspections In BC – Professional Practice Guideline.
The following links contain recommended BC Crane Safety COVID-19 Safe Work Practices developed based on practices developed by our colleagues in sectors involved in crane operations.
BC Crane Safety shares these practices for the benefit of employers, contractors and workers who use, erect, climb and disassemble all types of cranes. If you have any further questions, please access any of the links contained in the Safe Work Practices.
Click here for more recommended COVID-19 resources.