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CRC Canada Workshop Preview: Overhead Crane & Rigging Accident Investigation

July 22, 2015 0 Comments

JoeKuzar_2014_webThe 2015 Crane & Rigging Conference Canada event, hosted by Heartland Construction Division and supported by the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council, is more than just lectures. The Nov. 9-10 Edmonton conference includes panel discussions and interactive workshops so that attendees can get engaged with crane and rigging regulators, safety experts, and consultants.

One such workshop is presented by Industrial Training International, Event Partner. This hands-on accident investigation workshop will be led by Joe Kuzar, ITI’s Assistant Technical Director. Using sketches, witness accounts, sheriff’s reports, and inspection documents, participants will analyze the root cause of a major overhead crane and rigging accident, as well as the poor and contradictory operating practices that conflict with the organization’s policies and the local jurisdiction’s laws.

CRC Canada staff caught up with Joe to learn more about his area of expertise.

Q-and-A-Icon-Set-Converted-300x245Question: Tell us about your role at ITI. What are your key areas of responsibility?

Answer: I work very closely with Technical Director Mike Parnell on developing new ITI curriculum and updating existing programs. When ITI identifies significant knowledge gaps for large groups of employees, we will create new programs to close that gap. For example, our new Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering is the only program of its kind for personnel who plan and oversee load handing activities, delivered in an on-demand, online format.

Existing courses are always being improved and updated to reflect the latest best practices and industry standards. Mike Parnell and other staff regularly volunteer on technical committees for standards bodies, associations, and industry stakeholder groups.

Additionally, I am still out in the field training and consulting at least 50% of the time, if not more. I also play a role in the management of the ITI Technical Team (Trainers and Consultants) as a whole. Acting as a resource/sounding board and providing guidance when required.

Question: What challenges do you face in conducting training in the Canadian crane and rigging and overhead crane market?

Answer: Our organization has had incredible client feedback across Canada as we conduct training on location and at our training center in Edmonton – I wouldn’t say we have had many challenges except maybe weather, which can affect everyone in Canada. We had to change plans at our training center in early June as rough weather rolled in while we were conducting hands-on rigging activities with mobile cranes.

There is a hunger for knowledge and safety in Canada which is threaded into the culture which helps us greatly as a professional training company.

Question: What do you think are the biggest issues facing crane and rigging operations in Canada?

Answer: ITI Canada, and our lead Instructor in Canada, Richard Marcotte, agree with the majority of Canadian stakeholders that the provinces could benefit by harmonizing standards for cranes and rigging users. Other known issues are shortages of qualified and competent labor when it comes to advanced rigging, lift planning, and equipment management.

Question: What can attendees expect to learn at CRC Canada?

Answer: During the Accident Investigation session, attendees will get a thought-provoking look at an Overhead Crane & Rigging Accident. They will receive all of the tools necessary to analyze the situation and then perform a root cause analysis of the incident. This perspective will undoubtedly have a positive effect on participants’ ability as crane managers, operators, inspectors, and riggers. I am looking forward to not only my session but all of the other exciting sessions on tap for the 2015 event.

View the full agenda online at: http://www.craneandriggingconference.com/crc-canada/agenda/
Register online to attend CRC Canada 2015 prior to August 15, 2015 to save $100 on registration.

 

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