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#21 G-Man

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 09:13 AM

New regulations for crane operators

Carla Wilson, Times Colonist
Published: Friday, January 12, 2007
Safety concerns have prompted the province to bring in a regulation requiring certification for all tower, boom and mobile crane operators.

The new rules, which will be in force by July, will require crane operators to have a document stating that they are either fully or partially certified or have registered to be assessed. By year's end, they must have earned certification for the cranes they are operating.

"It's all about safety," said Don Nelson, manager of industry and labour services for construction with Worksafe B.C.

That's safety for the crane operators, workers near them, and members of the public, he said yesterday.

The past decade has seen a few crane-related deaths, but more than 50 accidents were reported to Worksafe in both 2005 and 2006. "It's the tip of the iceberg," Nelson said. "We have been really lucky."

An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 crane operators are in B.C. Half of them work in B.C.'s booming construction industry and the rest in areas such as manufacturing, forestry, sawmills and municipalities.

A review of reported accidents shows that many happen when cranes come into contact with high voltage lines. Not only are operators in danger but equipment can be damaged, said a WorkSafe B.C. report.

Prior to the new regulation, no regulatory requirement existed that crane operators had to be certified, Nelson said. Some operators had some qualifications but those are not being grandfathered.

New rules require operators to demonstrate both practical and theoretical expertise.

Those needing training can get it through various programs or at work if the employer offers it.

Government, industry and labour came together to develop the new rules. The B.C. Association for Crane Safety will be responsible for assessors who will travel to the crane to test operators.

Industry response has been enthusiastic with employers eager to get their operators certified, Nelson said. Labour representatives are also supportive, he added.

Operators can earn various levels of certification and be approved to operate 15 types of cranes, he said. Certification is not needed to operate smaller sized cranes.

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#22 ressen

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 09:38 AM

You had to have a licence to operate a forklift but not a tower crane.

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 09:41 AM

That is kind of bizarre isn't it.

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#24 D.L.

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 11:16 AM

I can see some other kinds of cranes on the skyline today. They appear to be around the harbour area, perhaps by Ocean Point. They're not tower cranes but a diagonal setup, and there are four of them. Anyone else see what I am talking about?

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 11:25 AM

Most likely putting HVAC units on Shutters.

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 11:34 AM

The sudden interest in regulation crane operators made me take a look about..

Here's a slice of what it's about in BC..

How do I get started in this job?
In B.C., unlike most other provinces in Canada, you don't need a license to operate a crane. Insurance costs now being what they are, it is unlikely that a person with limited experience would be hired outside an apprenticeship program. There are three ways you can work as a crane operator in B.C. You can work as a self-employed contractor, although you may be restricted to certain types of job sites and equipment. You can also demonstrate to an employer that you are a competent crane operator through training you have received on your own or you can register as an apprentice to become a certified journeyman. For crane operator apprenticeships, the Operating Engineers Local 115 is the place to go for training and apprenticeship programs. Hiring of crane operators is done through the Operating Engineers union or by direct contact with prospective employers. Apprentices are sometimes hired from the ranks of a company's existing employees. Apprentice crane operators can advance to supervisory positions or start their own business once they have a good combination of work experiences.

Potential employers can be found in the Yellow Pages under the heading "crane hire, construction equipment rentals and heavy machinery rentals."

The crane and boom truck operators apprenticeship is only available through the Operating Engineers Local 115, Joint Apprenticeship and Training Plan. Previous mechanical trades training may help you join the Operating Engineers Local 115.

1.) Apprenticeship programs

A grade 12 education is preferred but a grade 10 level in English, math and science may be all that is required. See the Education and Training section to learn about the variety of apprenticeship programs available. For you to become an apprentice, your employer must be willing to participate in the apprenticeship program, and both you and the employer must register in the program. Go to the Industry Training Authority website at http://www.itabc.ca to find out more and download registration forms.

2.) Secondary School Apprenticeship program

You can also enter a Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) program in mechanical trades. This will allow you to graduate from high school and learn mechanical skills at the same time. To learn more about SSA go to http://www.itabc.ca/ICC-SSA.php


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Certification
Crane operator certification is required in most provinces and territories. Certification tells employers and other workers that you are a skilled professional. It also helps you get jobs.

To be certified as a crane operator, you usually need to complete a one- to three-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the on-the-job training, technical training and examinations required by the program, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

If you have on-the-job experience and some high school, college or industry courses in crane operating, you may be eligible for crane operator certification in some provinces and territories.

As a certified crane operator, you may attempt the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as a crane operator anywhere in Canada.

Certification for boom truck operators is compulsory in:

Alberta
Manitoba
It is available, but voluntary, in:

British Columbia
Northwest Territories
Saskatchewan
Certification for mobile crane operators is compulsory in:

Alberta
Manitoba
Ontario
Québec
It is available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the Northwest Territories.

Mobile crane operators may require a provincial licence to drive mobile cranes on public roads.

Certification for tower crane operators is compulsory in:

Alberta
Manitoba
Ontario
It is available, but voluntary, in:

British Columbia
Newfoundland
Saskatchewan
In addition to provincial certification, some employers may require internal certification.

In provinces and territories where certification is not available, it may be possible to study as an apprentice through your local labour organization. Check out Related links to find out who to contact.

As a crane operator, it is necessary to keep your skills current. Modern cranes often have sophisticated computers in the cab to assist the operator. You have to keep up with new technological developments by reading and talking with other crane operators.


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Posted 12 January 2007 - 11:37 AM

Bet it pays well.

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#28 D.L.

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 11:44 AM

nope theyre too far away from Shutters

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 03:54 PM

oh its a ship docked at Ogdon point. big ship with lots o' cranes on it.

#30 Mike K.

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 10:40 AM

OK, so what are we at now?

3 at UVic
1 at Bear Mountain
2 for Aria
2 for Bayview
1 for Dockside Green
1 for Swallows Landing
2 for Parkside (one up, second coming up)
1 coming up for Falls (could it be two?)
1 for Chelsea in Fairfield
1 for Juliet

Anywhere else? I guess that's about 15 up at the moment based on the projects I can think of.

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#31 D.L.

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 11:43 AM

That's all I can think of.

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Posted 26 May 2007 - 05:18 PM

The Falls has two crane bases in their laydown area..

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 10:07 AM

Anything changed with Falls or Parkside, yet?

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 06:27 PM

Add one to parkside and of course the new one in Selkirk from last week.

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#35 Icebergalley

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 07:32 PM

The Falls has one base installed and the other still waiting I assume until they excavate the balance of the site...

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 07:27 AM


Caught short on high
Tower-crane operators and the calls of nature


PHILIP JACKMAN

From Saturday's Globe and Mail

March 28, 2008 at 7:20 PM EDT

Up here in Collected Wisdom's sumptuous penthouse office suite, we're gazing out the window at the tower cranes building yet another few hundred Toronto condominium blocks and wondering if there's a crane operator out there who's regretting having those five cups of coffee with lunch.

THE QUESTION: What do tower-crane operators do if they have to go to the toilet? Do they have to climb all the way down? Mark Gray of Kingston wanted to know.

THE ANSWER: "My father has been a crane operator for more than 40 years," writes Teri Cota of Montreal, who is asked this question a lot "when people find out what my dad does for a living. … According to my dad, the options vary according to construction site.

"The most common option is either a five-gallon pail or a jug up at the top in the operator's area. My dad once saw a small porta-potty setup, but this is extremely rare in the business.

"The other option he has come across is a funnel up at the top with a half-inch hose attached that runs from the top of the tower crane down to a five-gallon bucket at ground level; but again, this is not common."
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 01:51 PM

For you crane-ophiles, the Juliet crane owned by Farmer will be dismantled mid-July when the elevators are installed. Then it will be moved over to the Uptown T&C site in Saanich.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:20 PM

CHEK right now:

A crane topples in Victoria with the operator trapped inside --the rescue effort and the latest on the situation tonight @ 5 with Scott Fee.


Info anyone?

EDIT:

http://cfax1070.com/...hp?newsId=14535

EMERGENCY CREWS ARE AT THE SCENE OF A CONSTRUCTION SITE WHERE A CRANE HAS FLIPPED OVER AND A MAN IS TRAPPED INSIDE.

B-C AMBULANCE SAYS THE MAN IS CONSCIOUS AND VICTORIA FIRE IS TRYING TO GET HIM OUT.

VICTORIA POLICE SAY AT THIS POINT IT IS UNCLEAR WHAT CAUSED THE FLIP.

THE INCIDENT IS AT RYAN AND SHELBOURNE, TRAFFIC IS FLOWING SMOOTHLY ON SHELBOURNE, BUT RYAN STREET IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

LISTEN TO CFAX 1070 FOR UPDATES.


Small crane perhaps, is that the new Jehovah's Witness Hall?
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:41 PM

^Yes, the site is the redeveloped Hall on Shelbourne and Ryan (the massive increase in size of this church is a story in itself).

The TC is reporting the poor guy was taken to hospital with the rebar still impaled in him. Yikes. They also say he was a volunteer construction worker, so presumably he was a Jehovah's Witness as well. If so, I wonder if he was given a blood transfusion against his will.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 04:34 PM

His name is Mike.

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