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.

Important Notice to all Crane Operators in BC

As of February 28th, 2011, all crane operators must be certified.

Effective March 1st, 2011, the Level A crane operator practical assessment fee will increase to $750.

Existing crane operators were provided with a two-year phase in period to become certified. As the “incumbent operator” phase comes to a close, lower assessment volumes necessitate an increase in the Level A practical assessment fee to $750.

Assessment services will continue to be offered throughout the province and the application process will remain the same.

Note: There are a limited number of assessment opportunities available up to the deadline of February 28th, 2011. Once all of these spaces are filled, assessments will be scheduled after the deadline at the new fee of $750.

WorkSafeBC Bulletin – Certification Deadline for Crane Operators

Crane operators in British Columbia must have a valid operator’s certificate by February 28, 2011. Any operator not certified by February 28 cannot legally operate a crane in British Columbia.

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