These resources and guides were developed by industry experts on behalf of BC Crane Safety. They contain information on specific industry-related topics, and are intended to encourage safe work practices on the job site.


Top climbing a tower crane: Ensuring safe assembly and dismantling

BC Association for Crane Safety is reaching out to all stakeholders who participate in the assembly and disassembly of tower cranes in our province. As the next phase in the ongoing Tower Crane Safety Initiative, we are developing a Tower Crane community of practice group to discuss next steps moving forward. Based on initial conversations with the various stakeholder groups as the result of the Kelowna incident, four distinct recommendations have so far been tabled for future discussion and possible use:

  1. Certification – establish minimum qualification standards for the assembly/disassembly community
  2. Assembly/Disassembly Community Registry (BCACS)
  3. Formalized Reference-checking procedure (BC Formwork Association)
  4. Expansion to the NOP (Notice of Project) procedure (WSBC)

The crane sector prides itself on its proactiveness, its professionalism, and levels of engagement with the OH&S regulator. Our aim is to help flesh out an industry-driven change that meaningfully addresses the concern and presents a workable solution, without waiting for the long process of multiple investigations, inquiries, and litigation to conclude. BC Crane Safety asks for anyone interested in participating in this working-group or are able to provide SMEs (subject matter expert) contact us to be included so we can begin planning the initial discussion. Please forward your contact info and details of industry experience to:


Level Up Inspection Program

Support materials, tools and presentations for key crane employers, prime contractors, supervisors, crane operators and related stakeholders. Learn more about this initiative.


Provisional Operators Must Work Under Supervision Until Competent (Full Scope Certification)


Provisional Crane Operator Supervision


Annual Equipment Inspection and Certification

Guidance developed by Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC) with the support of WorkSafeBC.


Assembly/Dismantling Roles and Responsibilities


Tower/Self-Erect Crane Pre-Assembly/Dismantling Checklist

Planning is the first step in ensuring that work is done safely. Planning for tower crane assembly/dismantling and operations should start as early as possible and involve consultation with everyone engaged in the work including the prime contractor, crane owner, crane supplier, crane user, crane erection supervisor, electricity entity, mobile crane firm and project supervisor(s). Good planning involves:

  • selecting the right crane(s)
  • locating, assembly, and commissioning the crane
  • planning, scheduling, and coordinating the work
  • operating, inspecting, and maintaining the crane daily
  • planning for and completing crane preventive maintenance, inspection, and repair.
  • planning, scheduling and coordinating the dismantling process.

This checklist can be used to assist with the set up and operation or dismantling of tower cranes at the workplace. This assessment should be led by the prime contractor who assembles the group of relevant people involved in the tower crane assembly/dismantling and operation. The intent is to review and discuss each item on the checklist and coordinate any required action.


Countering Sleep Deprivation

Effects of sleep deprivation and methods of prevention.


Hazard Assessment

Examples of hazards to be aware of at the job site.


Inspecting Tower Crane Temporary Devices

An inspection checklist for tower crane temporary devices.


Levelling a Crane

A series of steps outlining how to safely level a crane.


Limits of Approach

WorkSafeBC limits of approach and BC Hydro’s 3 keys to electrical safety.


Limits of Approach — Once Contact is Made

Steps to take if the crane contacts a power line.


Load Control

Proper techniques for maintaining control of a load.