Ireland, Canada Sign Agreement to Increase Crane Operators’ International Mobility

Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance the international mobility of crane operators in Ireland and Canada. The MOU between SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) and BC Association for Crane Safety (BCACS) allows for the mutual recognition of mobile crane operator and tower crane operator credentials.

Tim Bennett, chair of the CHRSC, said, “This MOU is the result of an industry vision that was initiated a year and a half ago as part of the ESDC/CHRSC Multi-Jurisdictional Crane Operator Regulation Certification Comparison and Reciprocity Initiative, which was funded through the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program. Our thanks go to the many crane industry volunteers in Canada who worked on this initiative, and also to our colleagues in Ireland for their reciprocal contributions and effort, leading to this agreement.”

Commenting at the signing of the agreement, Mary-Liz Trant, executive director at SOLAS, said: “We are very pleased that this agreement has been finalised and our thanks to everyone involved. Canada is a popular destination for Irish emigrants and I believe this agreement will assist many of them and their Canadian Employers. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with the BC Association for Crane Safety.”