NCSG Crane and Heavy Haul Trainer Joins CRC Canada as Presenter

Steve Fryer, manager of training, NCSG Crane and Heavy Haul, has joined the presenters at CRC Canada. He will address what he calls a "misconception in the crane industry" at this year's event, which takes place Oct. 22-23 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort, Edmonton, Alberta.

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.

"There is a misconception in the crane and rigging industry that a certificate of training or a trade qualification certificate is equivalent to competency," said Fryer. "This couldn’t be further from the truth," he added.

Fryer's paper, titled "Competency, Training and Qualification of Personnel", will discuss what competency is, how it is achieved and who is responsible for each aspect of it. He will discuss some of the challenges that crane operators face when dealing with riggers and suggest a few solutions.

Fryer has urged members of Canada's crane industry to attend CRC Canada 2013. "We need to be connected to the trade and involved to affect change and growth," he said. "Technology is changing at a break neck pace. Standards and laws are changing too. Many companies and individuals are happy to remain status quo and not move with the times."

Fryer was a crane operator and crane and rigging supervisor for over 20 years, equipping him to make a judgement that there is a "huge gap" in the industry between a qualified or certified rigger and a competent one. He hopes that in five years, the industry will achieve North American recognized accreditation for all riggers at levels that match the work being done—Level 1 to master rigger.

The two-day conference 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).

Other headline speakers include Mike Parnell, president and CEO, Industrial Training International (ITI) Canada ULC; 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.