WorkSafeBC Safety Bulletin – Top Climbing a Tower Crane

WorkSafeBC’s latest safety bulletin, Top climbing a tower crane: Ensuring safe assembly and dismantling is now available. This resource is an important safety tool for industry, outlining the potential hazards of top climbing a tower crane and how to reduce the risk.

Please share with your members

As a partner in promoting healthy and safe workplaces across B.C., you can help us raise awareness and provide a reminder to the crane industry of the importance of tower crane safety. Please share the bulletin by posting a link to it on your website, and including a message and link in your next email newsletter to members.

Kelowna tower crane collapse

The importance of tower crane safety was brought to the forefront in July of this year when a tower crane collapsed while being dismantled at a construction site in Kelowna. As a result, five people were killed, including four workers and a person unrelated to the construction site. Another worker was injured.

WorkSafeBC’s OHS Investigations team is currently investigating the tower crane collapse. An incident investigation report will be prepared at the conclusion of the investigation.

Crane and Mobile Equipment Initiative

The potential for tower cranes to be hazardous is well known. As part of WorkSafeBC’s high-risk strategies for 2021–2023, the Crane and Mobile Equipment Initiative aims to identify and eliminate unsafe work practices and equipment hazards that have the potential to cause death, serious injury or catastrophic events.