March 11, 2014 by STAFF REPORT
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC) have joined forces on a project to find a solution to the differing crane and hoisting reference standards across Canada.
Canadian industry sectors that are driving economic growth – construction, energy, mining, oil and gas – rely on the safe operation of cranes and hoisting equipment by qualified personnel.
However, a lack of alignment of equipment standards in regulations across the country reduces safety, hinders worker mobility, increases compliance costs and decreases economic opportunities.
Crane and hoisting industry operators bear the brunt of these differing standards, as they cannot easily cross provincial and territorial boundaries without adjusting for another jurisdiction’s standards.
The SCC is preparing a report that will map out the relevant hoisting standards referenced in regulations across all Canadian jurisdictions. The draft report is expected to be released in April 2014.