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Session Summaries

Monday, November 9, 2015

8:15 am Keynote Address: Building Integrated Quality Systems to Enhance Crane Safety

Ted Redmond

Ted Redmond

NCSG, the largest Canadian owned Crane & Heavy Haul company, has developed integrated quality systems for enhancing crane safety. Ted Redmond, President and CEO, will share how NCSG finds the right people and ensures they are competent; how it establishes hoisting standards and operational practices; and assesses risks, identifies non-conformances, and measures results with performance metrics.

Mr. Redmond will draw on more than 30 years of operating, transactional and business advisory experience in the Crane, Transportation, Energy, and Utilities industries. He serves on boards for several industry associations, including the Crane Rental Association of Canada, The Alberta Crane Owners Association, and Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association. He has an MBA from the Stanford Business School, an M.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Alberta.

 

8:45 am     Establishing a national demonstration of skills test to improve labor mobility and safety

Since March 2014, Canada’s mobile crane industry has been working together to develop a national mobile crane operator DOST, or practical assessment, that complements the existing Red Seal standard. A DOST will increase mobility for operators, reduce red tape for employers, lower costs for industry and jurisdictions, and improve workplace safety for all. Come hear about the past 1.5 year’s journey, the process undertaken, who has been involved, what was learned along the way, the product that has been produced, and next steps.

Allan Bruce has over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry, including an extensive background in trades training and occupational standards development. As an International Representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers (Canadian Office), he has also worked as a mobile crane operator, trades instructor, and Union Representative. He has severed on various Boards related to training and apprenticeship. Allan is a member of the DOST Project Team.

KBax

Krista Bax

Krista Bax is the Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table, the organization leading the National Mobile Crane Operator DOST Project. The Skills Table executes a variety of skill and workforce initiatives and has previously worked with major crane stakeholders in B.C. on three different projects. As a result, the Skills Table has developed a solid partnership with this industry and a reputation for advancing cross-sectorial issues on the crane industry’s behalf.

 

 


9:45 am Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council Update

Since its inaugural meeting at CRC Canada in 2012, the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council has worked as a coalition of industry stakeholders to help improve safety, productivity and profitability for people and companies working in crane and rigging operations across a variety of industries.

CHRSC will give a status report to attendees on its latest initiatives and industry alliances, which includes:

  • 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

 

Tim BennettTim 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.

 

Fraser Cocks

Fraser Cocks

As the Executive Director of both CHRSC and BCACS, Fraser Cocks is respected as both an innovator and a developer in the field of competency based certification systems. He has been instrumental in the formation and launch of CHRSC and has developed the key relationships and business systems at the provincial, federal, and international level with the intent to contributing to worksite safety.

 

 

 


10:45 am Workshop: Hazard Analysis and Best Practices for Overhead Crane Load Handling Activities in Industrial Environments

Misconceptions regarding load handling activities with overhead cranes creates serious hazards for operators and other personnel working in industrial applications. Whether the task is operating over a chemical pool, manbasket operation in a mining application, or operating in low-level- light due to environmental conditions, overhead crane operation is often more complex than repetitive production or manufacturing applications may lead users to believe.

Using Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, CSA B167, ASME B30.2, and ASME P30.1 as a reference point, this interactive workshop will guide attendees in developing job hazard analysis, rigging and communication plans for specific overhead crane hoisting scenarios.

Yannick Morin

Yannick Morin

Yannick Morin, P. Eng., is president of KRANING Inc., Montreal, Quebec, which provides crane and rigging training for professionals and operators, forensic engineering services, and lifting consulting. He is a member of the ASME P30 Planning for Loading Handling Activities and the CHRSC Rigging Committee. He also represents the Quebec Order of Professional Engineers on several technical committees for Mine and Construction Safety Codes.

 


1:30 pm Panel Discussion: Improving safety culture with quantifiable personnel qualification and other tools

Taking a human approach to safety improvement has been shown to be more effective than taking a compliance approach. This panel discussion, moderated by Kevin Cunningham, CEO, Construction Division, HIIG Underwriters Agency Canada, Ltd., will focus on proven techniques that companies have applied to successfully engage the crane and rigging workforce. Inherent to understanding the human factor is establishing worker qualifications that can be quantified.

Kevin Cunningham

Kevin Cunningham

Mr. Cunningham has more than 25 years of experience in administering risk management based insurance programs for the crane industry. He currently heads up the crane underwriting division of HIIG Underwriters Agency Canada, Ltd., with local operations in Toronto. He has assembled a prestigious group of crane and rigging experts, well-versed in issues particular to the Canadian market. Each panel member brings divergent backgrounds in the crane industry to give meaningful feedback to the audience on the value of combining safety culture improvement with workforce qualification tools to save lives. Panelists represent crane safety and certification, crane rental, crane and rigging training, risk management, and forensic engineering.

 

Panelists

 

Fraser Cocks

Fraser Cocks

Fraser Cocks, Executive Director, BC Association for Crane Safety, Vancouver, BC and CHRSC
Previous experience in curriculum development, training, and certification program administration provides Fraser Cocks with insight into core competency issues for crane and rigging activities. He works closely with industry, labor, and government representatives to implement new standards of assessment and certification.

 

 

Clinton Connell

Clinton Connell

Clinton Connell, Branch Manager, Eagle West Cranes, Abbotsford, BC
With a background in construction and trucking, Clinton Connell has almost 20 years of business management experience. He currently runs the Abbotsford Branch of Eagle West Crane & Rigging, a division of TNT Crane & Rigging Canada Inc. He serves on boards for British Columbia Trucking Association and British Columbia Association for Crane Safety.
 

Gunnar Mardon

Gunnar Mardon

Gunnar Mardon, Co-Founder & General Manager of SkillRecord Enterprises, Victoria, BC
Gunnar Mardon has more than 25 years of senior management experience in Canadian industry coast to coast, including engineering, pulp and paper, chemicals, and health. He is a board member of the National Occupational Council of Canada, a past board member of CHRSC, and co-founder of SkillRecord Systems Inc.

 

Yannick Morin

Yannick Morin

Yannick Morin, President, KRANING Inc., Montreal, QC
A professional engineer with an expertise in crane and rigging operations, Yannick Morin focuses his training services on the roles, responsibilities, and obligations of crane operators and other professionals involved in executing a lift plan. He serves on several technical standards committees.

 

Jim Wiethorn

Jim Wiethorn

Jim Wiethorn, Principal Engineer, HAAG Global, Irving, Texas
Jim Wiethorn was instrumental in establishing Haag’s crane group in the 1980s. His area of specialty include crane accident analysis, construction failures and damage assessments, and studying wind and wave effects on structures. His lifelong research, led him to write a comprehensive analysis of more than 500 crane accident causes and trends, providing insight into reducing future risks.

 

 


3:30 pm Training and quality control for crane and rigging users in construction and heavy industry

This two-part session will provide tips on evaluating training service providers, and how to develop meaningful Quality Control/Quality Assurance programs.

Most companies conducting crane and rigging activities will at some point turn to outside training providers to supplement their crane and rigging training. Choosing the right training program should be based on many factors other than cost of the service. The right training organization will tailor training to meet corporate and individual needs.

In the second part of this session, Peter Juhren, Corporate Service Manager for Morrow Equipment Co., will share tips on how companies of any size can develop meaningful and consistent Quality Control/Quality Assurance programs. Sharing insight from Morrow’s own experience as company, Mr. Juhren will demonstrate how the right QC/QA program can improve the safety of hoisting operations.

Peter Juhren

Peter Juhren

Peter Juhren has been in the Tower Crane industry for 34 years, and he has held several positions with Morrow Equipment since 1980. He managed several branch offices throughout the United States before taking over as the Corporate Service Manager in 1994. Mr. Juhren is responsible for service operations globally, including service, spare parts, purchasing, training, and serves as the corporate liaison with regulatory bodies.

Mr. Juhren currently is a member of the ASME B30 main committee and chairs the ASME B30.3 sub-committee for Tower Cranes, and is also a Board of Directors member with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and served on the Federal OSHA C-DAC committee in 2004 to re-write CFR1926.550 (now 1926.1400) subpart N for cranes. In addition, Mr. Juhren serves on the ISO-TC96 committee for global standardization of crane standards, and the Canadian Z248 committee for tower cranes.


4:30 pm 2014 LLEAP Award Winners: Product innovations with real-world solutions

The Leadership in Lifting Equipment & Access Platform Awards, annually presented by Lift & Access magazine, recognize innovative equipment, support products, and services for design innovations that provide economic value or cost savings to owners and improve operation, efficiency, productivity and safety. In 2014, three cranes were recognized.
• Liebherr VarioBase Outrigger Control System
• Link-Belt RTC -80150
• Tadano Mantis GTC-1200

Link-Belt received the 2014 LLEAP Award in the Cranes Category for the RTC-80150, a 150-ton rough-terrain crane. Among the key features recognized for innovation is its hydrostatic drive system that runs six individual wheel motors and delivers a turning radius of less than 22 feet. Also notable is its Link-Belt Pulse crane operating system. Presented by Kelly Fiechter, District Manager.

Tadano Mantis received the 2014 LLEAP Award in the Cranes Category for the GTC-1200, a 130-ton telescopic boom crawler crane. Judges were impressed by the crane’s gradeability, full-capacity pick-and-carry capability, and ease of transport. Presented by Julie Fuller, VP Engineering and Purchasing.

 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

8:15 am Quantifying Personnel Competency: A Case Study from Contractor and Facility Owner perspectives

The management of personnel competency can be complex. One challenge is unifying the interpretation of what is desired as competent skill levels within an organization. A functioning competency management system is integral to a positive safety culture, effective risk management, continuous quality management and demonstrable due diligence. Key findings from a recent case study will show how a contractor and facility owner were able to assess soft and technical skills for individual employees.

Attendees will learn how an organization can:

  • reduce high risk events through increasing the cumulative competency of personnel
  • integrate third-party tools/software (I-CAB Foundation) to implement a time- and cost-effective Competency Management System
  • improve personnel decision making and demonstrable due diligence through the systematic identification of competency deficiencies
  • align competency management efforts with the industry strategy advanced by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

This Case Study will be presented by Sheldon Redpath, Global Head of SHE-Q for Mammoet, and Robert Day, a Senior Regulatory Advisor, licensed investigator, and paralegal working for Suncor Energy and retained by McLennan Ross LLP.

Sheldon Redpath

Sheldon Redpath

Sheldon Redpath has worked throughout the globe in the oil and gas field, facilitating risk mitigation strategies for more than 22 years.  His approach has always involved challenging the status quo and ensuring leaders are involved and engaged when it comes to keeping employees safe on the job.

 

 

Robert Day

Robert Day

Robert Day has more than 21 years of experience in multiple aspects of risk management in jurisdictions including, but not limited to, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and China. He holds numerous designations in the fields of health and safety, emergency response, human resources and security, is active in multiple industry organizations and very passionate about workforce competency development.

 

 


9:15 am Synthetics for replacement of steel wire and steel chain in heavy lifting and lashing applications

The world of heavy lifting and lashing is changing with advances in UHMPE fiber rope and chain technology and the desire for improved safety and productivity in both onshore and offshore industries. DSM Dyneema, the inventor and manufacturer of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fiber branded Dyneema®, and its rope partners have pioneered synthetic fiber development for ropes used in offshore heavy lifting and for use as a mobile crane hoist rope.

This session will provide an overview of high performance synthetic fibers and their application, including Dyneema’s newest development for synthetic lashing chain, while exploring the challenges and possibilities of making a lifting chain using the same technology. Attendees will also learn important installation and inspection tips for using synthetic rope and chain.

Bill Fronzaglia

Bill Fronzaglia

Bill Fronzaglia, Applications and Development Engineer for DSM Dyneema, brings 15 years of experience in synthetic rope, cable, and sling industry where he has built a reputation for delivering innovative solutions to a wide range of challenging projects. He joined DSM in 2006 and has been involved in all aspects of the product lifecycle, starting with new product development through product retirement. Prior to joining DSM, he was the Director of Engineering at New England Rope, where he managed Manufacturing/Industrial/Facilities Engineering, Product Engineering, Quality, and New Product Development teams. He currently serves with several industry and standards organizations including: ASME, ISO, API, Web Sling and Tie-down Association, Cordage Institute, and the Association of Wire Rope Fabricators


10:45 am 2014 LLEAP Award Winners: Product innovations with real-world solutions


11:15 am Best practices for selecting the right tools, logistics strategies, and assignment of key personnel for crane assembly/disassembly procedures

Since OSHA’s release of the 2010 Cranes & Derricks standard, greater attention has been placed on crane assembly and disassembly and the individuals responsible for overseeing these procedures. While U.S. OSHA and ASME standards are not universally adopted in Canada’s Provinces, the documents do provide a framework for best practices.

Today, companies are looking for A/D directors to have full working knowledge of crane equipment and components, relative to assembly and disassembly; be familiar with proper sequencing and safety issues such as ingress/egress to the site, traffic control, ground preparation, and the use of hand tools. This session will look beyond the basic information provided in various standards documents and will identify seldom considered risk areas and provide suggestions for how to minimize those risks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Jeff Hammons has more than 20 years of experience in corporate safety and risk management working for major contractors, engineering firms, and transportation and crane rental companies. He is currently the Vice President of Risk Management for AmQuip Crane Rental LLC.
Jeff has implemented safety plans, hazard identification and mitigation, process design, and crane and equipment management for work in heavy construction, marine construction, oil and gas, and manufacturing environments. As a subject matter expert, he often speaks to industry trade groups and at stakeholder/government meetings.


1:30 pm Workshop: Overhead Crane & Rigging Accident Investigation

By conducting an investigation with 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. Concurrently, while participants learn about accident investigation, they also become better crane managers, operators, inspectors, and riggers as they are exposed to myriad of risks and suspect operating behavior that is all too common in the industry.

Joe Kuzar

Joe Kuzar

This interactive session will be led by Joe Kuzar, Assistant Technical Director at Industrial Training International (ITI), where he specializes in safety management, lift planning, crane and rigging audits, and accident investigation. Before joining ITI in 2012, Mr. Kuzar worked in gas/oil field operations, civil and commercial construction, and transportation, with an emphasis on crane operations. Recently he served as a volunteer on the ASME P30 Lift Planning committee to develop a lift planning guideline for industry.


3:00 pm Protecting crane engines from explosion in flammable vapor environments

Diesel-powered cranes working in industrial environments where flammable vapors exist, such as refineries, are at risk for “running away” on the vapors to the point that the engine combusts. When electric-powered equipment is not an option, positive air-flow shut down systems provide operators control over the equipment and increase safety when cranes are operating in these high-risk environments.

This session will address what happens when equipment is not equipped with a positive air shutdown valve and compulsory mandates in place regarding explosion prevention in certain environments. Diesel Tech Industries will share information from its intense R&D program that is revolutionizing transportation and equipment operations.

Rebecca Goldsack

Rebecca Goldsack

Rebecca Goldsack, COO of Diesel Tech Industries Ltd. (DTI), Edmonton, Alberta, whose father is a heavy-duty mechanic, has been around diesel trucks for most of her. Her interest in the oil and gas industry grew after working for Diesel Tech Truck Repair, a sister company of DTI, which is owned and operated by Darren Rivet, a certified diesel engine specialist with more than 30 years of experience in transportation and oil field markets.
The seed was planted during her summer job with the truck repair business, after which Rebecca pursued business and marketing degrees at NAIT and Grant McEwen. Since 2009 , Rebecca has been involved with developing, testing and marketing the DTI Air Shut off Valve, and is familiar with the latest technological advances and ISO Certification requirements.

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