WorkSafeBC crane conference lifts bar for safety in booming highrise construction sector

Vancouver Sun | DERRICK PENNER | November 20, 2019

Though it happened across the border, April’s collapse of a tower crane in Downtown Seattle wasn’t far from the minds of B.C.’s crane community Wednesday at a safety conference in Richmond.

In that incident, crews disassembling an 85-metre-tall crane had removed too many connecting bolts too soon, against manufacturer instructions, and the structure toppled in a gust of wind killing two ironworkers who rode it down and two people in cars on the street below.

“It’s a wake-up call for sure,” said Fraser Cocks, executive director of B.C. Crane Safety, the agency responsible for certification of crane operators in the province and co-organizer of the Richmond conference with WorkSafeBC.

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