A Memorandum of Understanding between SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) and BC Association for Crane Safety (BCACS) was signed in Dublin, Ireland on September 16th, 2015. The MOU allows for the mutual recognition of Mobile Crane Operator and Tower Crane Operator credentials. Click here for the official trade release.
Creating proper workforce qualification standards in your company can be one of the key elements for sustainable risk management. Click here for the full article.
Firefighters on Vancouver Island conducted a tower crane rescue exercise this spring at the construction site of a new hospital in Campbell River. Click here for the full article.
Click here for the full article from Canadian Occupational Safety.
The primary objective of the Industry Report on Standards Referenced in Canadian Regulations for the Hoisting and Rigging Industry is to provide relevant and up-to-date standards information to the CHRSC and its stakeholders, to assist in the identification of areas where harmonization and alignment efforts across jurisdictions may benefit industry from safety, mobility and economic perspectives.
The Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC) has announced Tim Bennett from Northern Crane Services Group as the incoming Chair of the Council. Tim has accepted the nomination and has assumed the role. He congratulates Fraser Cocks on his accomplishments as the Chair of the Council over the past two years. Tim looks forward to continuing to build on the momentum and initiatives the Council has put in place and is currently working on.
T.J. (Tim) Bennett, CRSP, CHSC,COHC
Tim brings a wealth of diverse experience to the role of Chair. He is currently the Vice President of HSE, Technical Training and Quality with NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services.
Tim has over 20 years of experience in senior leader roles representing; public, private industry and regulatory portfolios. During a span of 12 years, Tim represented employers with the Alberta Government as the Chair of the Occupational Health & Safety Council. The OHS Council is responsible for the Alberta OHS Code as well as the quasi-judicial tribunal for appeals of orders issued by the Government.
Tim’s experience has crossed a large span of industry during his time with Enbridge Pipelines Inc., North American Construction Group, Gibson Energy to even a former career as a professional firefighter/EMT with the City of Spruce Grove.
In addition to a number of professional safety designations and formal education, Tim holds professional member status with the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
Tim has been the Vice Chair for the last two years of the Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council, is an active member of the board of SkillPlan and has sat on a large number of committees/agencies and other associations.
CHRSC gave an update and answered questions regarding the various council related initiatives and projects to the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship on June 4, 2014 in Ottawa, following the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.
CHRSC attended the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum June 1-3, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario. Fraser Cocks spoke as a member of the lead off plenary session on the 2nd. On the 3rd, he hosted a subsequent breakout session detailing and discussing the BCACS crane credentialing and apprenticeship experience in British Columbia.
CENOVUS was the site of the May 29th Executive Committee Meeting. Executive Committee participation has been expanded and now represents industry representation from all jurisdictions in Canada. This has been a continuing effort in order to provide the necessary industry people resources to support and contribute to the various council initiatives. Efforts are continuing to add additional appropriate representation for Quebec and the Maritimes.
The big picture was the linkage between free trade agreements and the recognition of foreign credentials. Day 1 focused on Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) overview with specific case studies being presented by organizations who are actively engaged with various types of foreign credential recognition approaches. Day 2 commenced with a presentation by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. The presentation and ensuing lengthy question and answer session provided a valuable perspective on mutual recognition within the parameters of Canada’s international trade negotiations. The Canadian European Trade Agreement (CETA) and the effect that agreement will have on all past and future mutual recognition agreements with any and all of the 28 EU member countries provided the focus of the presentation. The rest of the day’s program offered exposure to specific MRA experiences from various professional occupations such as dentists, physicians, architects, engineers, accountants, and physiotherapists.