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On July 1, 2007 WorkSafeBC will begin to enforce a Regulation requiring all operators of boom, tower, and mobile cranes in B.C. to hold a certificate proving competency. The Regulation, proclaimed January 1, 2007, gives current and new operators six months to move through the assessment process.
Speaking at the announcement in Prince George, the Honourable Olga Ilich, Minister of Labour and Citizens' Services said, “Employers and labour fully support this regulation, because it means that everyone who works around cranes will know that the operator is fully qualified, making for a safer workplace.”
The Regulation, developed after broad consultation with employers, labour, and municipal authorities, applies to all crane operators and defines the competencies required to move through three levels. Each level would give clarity to the types of equipment people are qualified to operate at any given point in time. Operators, as they are able to prove competencies, will be able to move through the levels.
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