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Canada’s Crane Council

July 3, 2012 0 Comments

A new crane safety council of high-profile industry executives will be unveiled at the Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC) Canada, when it returns Sept. 13-14 to Edmonton, Alberta.

The first MCM Events’ CRC Canada opened to a standing roomonly crowd in Sept. 2011 at the nearby Fantasyland Hotel, where professionals from all the western provinces and many from the United States attended the two-day event. Most noteworthy was a strong contingent from the oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The highlight was a panel discussion, which gathered end users, authorities and industry to discuss harmonization of regulations relevant to cranes and rigging with Alberta and the other three western provinces—British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The Northwest Territories are addressing major growth in the oil, gas, and mining sectors over the next 10 years. But the focus quickly expanded.

Knut Buschmann, president, Unirope Ltd., which is based in eastern location Mississauga, Ontario, for example, suggested that the panel limits its potential by focussing only on the western provinces.

The new Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC)—and the individuals behind it—will be introduced to CRC Canada attendees on the afternoon of the second day of the event. Breaking new ground in the way crane safety is addressed in the region, it is sure to again be an event highlight.

Richard Howes, associate publisher and editor for the event organizer, Maximum Capacity Media, said, “The inauguration of the CHRSC justifies the work that went into launching this conference in the region last year.” Howes, who moderated last year’s event, stressed in his opening remarks the importance of returning 12 months later to report on positive change. “Building on the momentum of last year’s panel discussion and working with a council that was formed out of those positive dealings is evidence of that,” he said.

“I have supported and overseen many international and regional lifting industry conferences—in my hometown of London, the Middle East, Far East, and North America—and CRC Canada has the foundations to influence the biggest changes for the better we have seen an event like this achieve. The market should be congratulated for recognizing that potential.”

Members of the CHRSC will be introduced to attendees and then form a panel to take questions. A website at was being launched as this issue went to press.

Confirmed speakers
The much-anticipated panel will be preceded by a series of already confirmed, hard-hitting presentations. Knut Buschmann, for example, will speak to delegates about, “Cold Weather Application of Steel Wire Rope.” With the increasing activity around the natural resources in Canada’s arctic regions, mobile cranes and other lifting equipment are now exposed to ultra deep temperatures. As a safety precaution, operation during extremely cold temperatures is often suspended.

In the same “Out in the Cold” session, Paul Boeckman, vice president of engineering, the Crosby Group, will discuss “Cold Temperature Shackles” and the performance of rigging products and shackles in cold temperatures.

Fred Wolsey, P.E., system engineer, cranes and hoists, Bruce Power, will return to outline the problem of cribbing and share techniques and solutions that have worked at his facility.

A panelist last year, Mike Parnell, president and CEO, Industrial Training International Canada ULC, an ITI Company, will conduct an “Interactive Training Workshop: Multi-Crane Lifting.” Participants will walk away with a Multi-Crane Lifting Student Workbook, and four ITI Field Reference Cards in this interactive workshop that demonstrates the benefits and risks of multi-crane lifting along with alternative methods like utilizing a single crane and other load handling equipment. In one hour, delegates will understand two-crane lift guidelines and participate in dueling boom, load turning, and multi-crane pick workshops.

Additionally, Mike Gelskey Sr., president and CEO, Lift-It Manufacturing, will share four decades of experience in the design and fabrication of synthetic lifting products in two papers, each on the respective mornings of the conference.

The use of “Radio Controls in Hazardous Locations” and “Competency Audits” are just two of many more subjects expected to draw crowds to the Sutton Place Hotel.

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