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Supporting Organization Spotlight: Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council

August 11, 2015 0 Comments

CRC Canada catches up with Fraser Cocks, Executive Director

chrsc-logo3The Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council held its inaugural meeting as an official organization at CRC Canada in 2012. Since then, CHRSC has continued to support the conference as a forum to give voice to issues facing employers conducting hoisting and rigging activities across Canada. Tim Bennett, Chairman of CHRSC and Fraser Cocks, Executive Director, will be among the CHRSC representatives attending CRC Canada. Attendees will hear a status update on several of CHRSC’s initiatives and will have a chance to find out they can get involved in this volunteer organization.

What’s unique about CHRSC?

“For one, it’s not a government initiative. Rather it’s a coalition of industry stakeholders working together at the grassroots level to steer industry and government on issues that have direct impact on safety, productivity, and profitability for people working in crane and rigging operations across a variety of industries. We seek to work with various equipment owners and construction users, suppliers, standards writing bodies, regulators, unions and associations. Our focus has been on harmonization of standards, establishing nationally recognized demonstration of skills for crane operators, and international reciprocity of operator credentials.”

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Who are the leaders of CHRSC?

“CHRSC is governed by an Executive Committee that functions in a facilitative capacity, ensuring that CHRSC meets the strategic goals set by industry. The Committee includes industry representatives from jurisdictions across Canada.

Tim Bennett is Chairman of CHRSC and V.P. HS&E, Technical Training, and Quality for NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services. He has more than 20 years senior safety experience with construction, pipeline, and energy companies. He holds several safety designations: Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), a certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), Transportation Safety Director, Construction Safety Officer, and Safety Codes Officer (SCO). Tim presently sits on several other boards and industry committees.

I’m the Executive Director of both CHRSC and BC Association for Crane Safety. My area of expertise is in developing competency based certification systems.”

What are CHRSC’s latest initiatives?

  • International crane operator credential reciprocity agreements
  • National Demonstration of Skills Test for crane operation
  • Rigging Working Committee update
  • Standards Council of Canada report on tower crane regulations across jurisdictions
  • CCDA harmonization initiative update

What other sessions at CRC Canada should attendees take note of?

“Krista Bax with Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table and Allan Bruce with the IUOE will discuss efforts to develop a national mobile crane operator demonstration of skills test, a practical assessment that complements existing Red Seal Standards. CHRSC has been working on this issue for some time now, and attendees will hear how a national DOST will increase mobility for operators, reduce red tape for employers, lower costs for industry and jurisdictions, and improve workplace safety for all.”

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