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Inspections and prevention activities

As part of our strategy to reduce the serious injury rate by applying resources and effort where they will be most effective, our officers are inspecting workplaces and conducting consultation and education activities.

Inspections and prevention activities

Activities Details

Develop supporting tools and resources
Q1 2021

  • Develop a Crane and Mobile Equipment Inspection Approach that will assess each employer’s effectiveness in identifying and mitigating risks at every stage of the equipment use.
  • Develop a Professional Engineers Inspection Approach, including a guide for officers that will ensure all engineering firms conducting mobile equipment annual inspections and certifications are doing so in accordance with the OHS Regulation, applicable standards, and good engineering practice.
  • Assist in developing a Crane Supervisor Tool with BC Crane Safety and industry that clearly defines roles and responsibilities for indirect and direct supervision of the provisional (apprentice) crane operator.

Education and outreach
Q1 2021

  • Educate and encourage employers to use the BC Crane Safety Tower Crane Assembly/Disassembly Industry Best Practice Tool.

Develop supporting tools and resources
Q2 2021

  • Assist in developing a Crane and Equipment Operator Competency document with BC Crane Safety and industry to ensure employers are confirming their workers can demonstrate competency and are familiar with the machine operating instructions, prior to operation.

Develop supporting tools and resources
Q3 2021

  • Assist in developing a Provisional (Apprentice) Crane Operator Training Curriculum with BC Crane Safety and industry that will define minimum required competencies for achieving full scope crane operator status.

Assess and evaluate crane misadventure data
Q1–Q4 2021

  • Take a deeper look into the root causes of crane misadventures to identify the root causes of incidents and focus on eliminating identified risk(s) in future initiative planning.

Regulation amendments
Q1–Q4 2021

  • There are multiple crane and mobile equipment related Occupational Health and Safety Regulation revisions underway in 2021 which will result in changes to equipment inspection and equipment operation requirements. We will provide direction to ensure that updates are effective in promoting safe equipment use in B.C.