Canada Crane Conference to Stage Accident Investigation Workshop

An accident has occurred on your jobsite involving a rough terrain crane.

That's the scenario that will greet attendees at the start of the second day of this year's Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC) Canada, which takes place Oct. 22-23 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort, Edmonton, Alberta.

The opening session on Wed. 23 Oct., titled "Accident Investigation Workshop: Mobile Crane & Rigging Incident", will be lead by Mike Parnell, president and CEO, Industrial Training International (ITI) Canada ULC.

CRC Canada, now in its third year, will again welcome crane professionals from all the western provinces, eastern Canada and many from the U.S., while a strong contingent from the oil sands in Fort McMurray in particular is anticipated.

Parnell will invite attendees to put themselves in a position where an accident has occurred on their jobsite involving a rough terrain crane. Their objective is to conduct a root-cause analysis of the accident utilizing dozens of photographs on an iPad, eyewitness accounts, rigging data and the load handling task assignments prior to the incident.

Participants will work in investigative teams to determine causation, violation and development of a corrective action plan. This workshop is based on curriculum from the ITI course "Accident Investigations for Cranes, Rigging & Material Handling Operations".

It was earlier announced that Industrial Training International (ITI) Canada ULC, an ITI company located in Edmonton, signed up as CRC Canada 2013 Event Partner. "ITI is very optimistic about participating in a bigger way at CRC Canada this year," said Zack Parnell, vice president, ITI Canada. "Maximum Capacity Media has been a long-time evangelist for improving the lifting industry—that mentality aligns very well with our goals of competency-driven education above all else."

The two-day conference, organized by MCM Events, will address crane and rigging supervisors, facilities managers, and safety personnel. Overhead cranes, critical lifting, rigging, standards, competency and training will be among key topics.

Another feature will be the return of the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC), and Fraser Cocks, the chairman of the government-recognized, independent, industry-represented group, has reminded the crane industry in Canada of the importance of attending.

"The crane industry in Canada is experiencing similar problems in all jurisdictions across the country," he said. "CRC Canada is a great opportunity to meet others with those same concerns. You will have a much larger chance of success if we all pull together rather than tackle these issues on our own."

Other headline speakers include Skip Ohman, technical advisor, The Crosby Group; Brett Woodland, vice president of sales, Associated Wire Rope and Rigging, Inc.; Peter Cooke, rigging training manager, Columbus McKinnon; Tim Petersen, senior product manager—cranes Canada, Liebherr-Canada Ltd; Lee Middleton, partner, Fulford Certification; and Fred Wolsey, system engineer, Bruce Power.