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Canadian Crane & Rigging Conference announces key sponsors, topics focusing on people, processes and productivity

May 20, 2015 0 Comments

May 20, 2015- Heartland Construction Div., Fort Dodge, Iowa, announces that the initial sponsors of the Crane & Rigging Conference Canada event, to be held Nov. 9-10, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, represent rigging education and technical services, crane products, and construction insurance specialists.

Event Partner and Associate Sponsor of CRC Canada are, respectively, Industrial Training International, with a Canadian office in Nisku, Alberta, and Liebherr-Canada Ltd., provider of Liebherr mobile and crawler cranes sales and service in Canada. Both companies are returning sponsors. In addition, a new insurance provider, providing local, industry specific risk control services, will make its debut at the conference, also as an Event Partner.

ITI specializes in crane operator, rigger, and supervisory level training, and custom field services, including lift planning and accident investigations. During the conference, ITI experts will facilitate a session to identify the major risk areas in industrial overhead crane and rigging work and will direct an interactive lesson on accident investigation in heavy industrial environments.

“Industry research has proven that incidents are much more likely to occur with standard lifts than with critical lifts. A major issue in industrial environments that likely contributes to those statistics is that overhead cranes are often viewed as a tool to facilitate the manufacturing process or to conduct plant maintenance. Most of these lifts are just another standard use of the tool. With this perspective, organizations can lose sight of the risks associated with rigging, lift planning, and equipment management,” said Zack Parnell, president of ITI. “The workshop we will conduct at CRC Canada will challenge participants with an accident investigation of an industrial case that may seem more realistic than some would like to admit.”

Working in conjunction with the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council and other important construction owner, contractor, government, and safety groups, CRC Canada will provide a forum for the discussion of key issues facing the crane and rigging industry in Canada. Tentative topics include:

  • How a national demonstration of skills test for operators improves labor mobility and safety
  • Predicting crane and rigging labor demand and supply in Canada
  • Qualifying and quantifying competency skills for crane and rigging supervisors
  • Best practices for creating a crane safety culture

CRC Canada brings together crane and rigging professionals in an effort to advance the common goal of harmonizing the qualification of workers, improving construction and business climate by standardizing regulations, and improving safety to reduce accidents. If you are interested in speaking, submit your speaker proposal including a proposed title, 200-word description, key takeaway points, and credentials online by June 15. Direct questions to Tracy Bennett, 816-536-7903 or


About CRC Canada

CRC Canada is an independent crane, rigging, and hoist conference for safety and risk managers, crane and rigging supervisors, lift directors, fleet managers, project managers, production managers and crane owners working with cranes in construction and heavy industry.  The conference is organized by Crane & Rigging Hot Line and Lift & Hoist International magazines. Learn more at


Supporters include Industrial Training International, Event Partner; Liebherr-Canada Ltd., Associate Sponsor; Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council, Supporting Organization; and Crane & Hoist Canada, Media Partner.

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