The Ontario government’s recent overhaul of crane regulations reflects a significant commitment from all partners in the crane sector to keep crane operators and the general public safe says the head of the crane workers union.

Various crane-related provisions of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) and others under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) were updated as of Jan. 1 to improve crane safety on construction sites.

The changes include new installation, inspection and record-keeping regulations, some of which have been called for by crane safety advocates since 2008, said Mike Gallagher, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793.

“I think they’re very significant changes,” said Gallagher.

“It’s a fairly good overhaul of the regulations. I mean, the real deep dive was done by industry, including employers and the union and engineers.”

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