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Standards Council of Canada and Rigging Committee Combine to Tackle Crisis

April 7, 2014 0 Comments
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Fraser Cocks (far right) leads the CHRSC

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC), working with the Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC), is leading a new project that will address a major challenge facing Canadian crane and hoisting industry operators—differing reference standards across jurisdictions.

It has been one of the overarching themes of the Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC) Canada, which takes place for the fourth time on Oct. 20-21 at the Marriott at River Cree Resort, Edmonton, Alberta.

Key Canadian industry sectors that are driving economic growth, such as the construction, energy, mining, and oil and gas sectors, continue to rely on the safe operation of cranes and hoisting equipment by qualified personnel. A lack of alignment of equipment standards in regulations across various Canadian jurisdictions, increases compliance costs, hinders worker mobility, reduces safety and hurts Canada’s economic well-being.

“Consistency in competence and safety levels is needed, and a national approach to harmonization will help us find common ground and cut through costly roadblocks,” said SCC CEO John Walter.

SCC is preparing a report that will map out the relevant hoisting standards referenced in regulations across all Canadian jurisdictions. The draft report is expected to be released this month (April 2014).

Crane and hoisting industry operators bear the brunt of these differing standards across jurisdictions, as they cannot easily cross provincial and territorial boundaries without adjusting for another jurisdiction’s standards. The SCC-CHRSC project aims to align standards to improve safety, reduce costs and boost mobility for Canadian workers and employers.

The CHRSC has welcomed this work as an important step toward a solution for the crane and rigging industry and the other sectors it impacts. “Rigging is a vital safety skills competency when operating a crane,” said Dave Earle, chairman of the rigging working committee of the CHRSC. “This report will validate many concerns that industry has highlighted, and will trigger some innovative ways to align and resolve these issues.”

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2012, as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to stimulate business opportunities, the federal government provided an additional $2.1 million annually to SCC to modernize Canada’s standardization network. The new SCC-CHRSC project is just one of several initiatives SCC has undertaken in support of the plan.

The CHRSC will again participate as a Supporting Organization at this year’s CRC Canada, having sat as a panel to conclude the conference over the past three years. The two-day event will address crane and rigging supervisors working in a wide variety of industries, facilities managers, and safety personnel. Overhead cranes, critical lifting, rigging, standards, competency, and training will be among key topics.

CRC Canada 2014 will also be supported by Industrial Training International (Event Partner), Liebherr-Canada Ltd. (Associate Sponsor), and Crane & Hoist Canada (Media Partner).

SCC represents Canada at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and oversees the Canadian National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Register to attend CRC Canada 2014 at: www.craneandriggingconference.com/crc-Canada

 

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