Here are some general Occupational Health and Safety Resources applicable to crane operations in BC. Find more specific resources to support safety on your worksite on our Industry Resources page.
BC Occupational Health and Safety Law
BC Workers Compensation Act – OHS Provisions
Parts of the Workers Compensation Act related to Occupational Health and Safety address matters such as the rights and responsibilities of people at workplaces, joint committees and worker representatives, protection against OHS-Related prohibited actions, accident reporting, investigations, enforcement, offences, administrative procedures, and regulation-making authority.
The full Act also describes how the workers compensation system is applied in BC, including back-to-work provisions. Here is one essential part that all workers and employers need to know and understand:
BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR)
The OHSR contains legal requirements that must be met by all workplaces under the inspectional jurisdiction of WorkSafeBC. Many parts of the OHSR have associated guidelines, which are used to help interpret and apply the OHSR. Other policies and practices of WorkSafeBC are set out in the Prevention Manual.
The purpose of the OHSR is to promote occupational health and safety and to protect workers and other people at workplaces from work-related risks to their health, safety, and well-being. Compliance with the requirements provides the basis for workers and employers to solve workplace health and safety problems co-operatively.
Here are the main parts of the OHSR that apply to crane operations:
WorkSafeBC is committed to creating a province free from workplace injury or illness, and to providing service driven by core values of integrity, accountability, and innovation. By partnering with workers and employers, WorkSafeBC helps British Columbians come home from work safe every day.
WorkSafeBC provides a wide variety of resources and statistics on their website. WorkSafeBC’s dedicated Crane Team works closely with BC Crane Safety to develop resources and promote safe crane operations through initiatives such as the “Level Up” program and inspection protocols.
On June 17 2021, the provincial health officer issued a statement for employers on transitioning from a COVID-19 Safety Plan to communicable disease prevention.
The statement recommends that employers maintain some existing COVID-19 protocols that do not negatively impact business operations. Examples of these protocols may include barriers already erected in the workplace or directional signage to reduce points of congestion. This will allow for a transitional period and progression from COVID-19 Safety Plans to communicable disease prevention.