Crane Hot Line interviews Fraser Cocks, Executive Director of BC Crane Safety, about efforts to create a Canada-wide standard for crane operator certification.
Click here for the second issue of the European Crane Operators Licence (ECOL) newsletter.
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.
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to update their policies regarding Limited Scope and Full Scope crane operator designations as Level D certification is no longer applicable.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.
(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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
OSHA has issued a final rule to delay the deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified and competent to November 10, 2018. By delaying the deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year, and by extending the employer duty to ensure crane operators are competent until that same date, the rule avoids disrupting the construction industry and allows OSHA time to complete a related crane standard rulemaking addressing these and other issues.
More information is available in the Federal Register notice, available here.