Canadian Crane & Rigging Conference to Focus on Standards, Competence | Construction News

Heartland Construction Division and the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC) have set the tentative agenda for the Crane & Rigging Conference Canada, to be held Nov. 9-10, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta.

Heartland Construction Div., Fort Dodge, Iowa, publishes leading crane, rigging, and lifting-equipment publications, including Crane & Rigging Hot Line and Lift and Hoist International. CHRSC, Ottawa, Ontario, works with crane industry stakeholders across Canada to facilitate harmonization of regulations between jurisdictions. 

“The Council looks forward to providing crane and rigging stakeholders with an update of its efforts to facilitate harmonization of standards, international reciprocity for mobile crane and tower crane operator credentials, and development of national Demonstration of Skills Tests," said Tim Bennett, chairman of CHRSC and vice president of HS&E, technical training, and quality for NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services. "The Council has supported CRC Canada since it launched five years ago as a forum for crane and rigging professionals from a variety of industries to discuss safety, productivity, and personnel issues.”

Sessions will focus on People, Processes, and Productivity issues. Among the confirmed sessions and speakers:

Establishing a National Demonstration of Skills Test for Crane Operators to improve Labor Mobility and Safety -- Presented jointly by Krista Bax, executive director of Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table, and Allan Bruce, the international representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE Canada)

Panel Discussion: Improving Safety Culture with Quantifiable Personnel Qualification and Other Tools -- Panelists include Fraser Cocks, BC Association for Crane Safety; Clinton Connell, Eagle West Cranes; Yannick Morin, Kraning Inc.; Paul Linssen, SML Safety Canada

Qualifying and Quantifying Competency Skills of Crane/Rigger Supervisors: An Oil/Gas Industry Case Study -- Presented by Sheldon Redpath, global head of SHE-Q, Mammoet

Overhead Crane & Rigging Accident Investigation Workshop -- Presented by Joe Kuzar, assistant technical director for Industrial Training International

Best Practices for Selecting the Right Tools, Logistics Strategies, and Assignment of Key Personnel for Crane Assembly/Disassembly Procedures -- Presented by Jeff Hammons, AmQuip

Protecting Crane Engines from Explosion in Flammable Vapor Environments - Presented by Rebecca Goldsack, Diesel Tech Industries

Crane and Rigging Product Innovations with Real-World Solutions: A review of the 2014 and 2015 LLEAP-award-winning products

Other sessions still in development may cover regulatory trends across various provinces, overhead crane safety and productivity, and predicting labor demand. If you are interested in speaking, submit your speaker proposal, including a proposed title, 200-word description, key takeaway points, and credentials, online by June 15. Direct questions to Tracy Bennett, 816-536-7903 or

CRC Canada is an independent crane, rigging, and hoist conference for safety and risk managers, crane and rigging supervisors, lift directors, fleet managers, project managers, production managers and crane owners working with cranes in construction and heavy industry.  The conference is organized by Crane & Rigging Hot Line and Lift & Hoist International magazines. Learn more at

Supporters include Industrial Training International, Event Partner; Liebherr-Canada Ltd., Associate Sponsor; Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council, Supporting Organization; and Crane & Hoist Canada, Media Partner.