Dear Members:

It has just come to my attention that an alleged con artist is facing over 350 charges and is accused as acting as an unlicensed engineer in Ontario. A significant portion of his illegal work related to the inspection of cranes. Jay Lawrence Harding operated his business under the name AJ Hoist Inspections. A copy of the news article can be found HERE.

It is imperative that you immediately confirm with your employer the last time your crane was inspected and receive confirmation of the name and company that inspected your crane. If your employer refuses to provide you with this information, it is within your rights to refuse to operate the crane until such time as you can be assured your crane was not inspected by this fraudulent inspector.

If you determine that your crane was inspected by either Jay Lawrence Harding or AJ Hoist Inspections, please contact IUOE Local 793’s Director of Provincial Health and Safety Andrew Saunders at: or (289) 772-5987.

We all bear responsibility to be vigilant in ensuring our industry remains safe.

Mike Gallagher,
Business Manager