Mechanic Service Crane Stability

Mechanic Crane Stability is a topic we get all the time and unfortunately it’s also the least understood. Many operators simply don’t understand the dynamics of crane stability well enough as they often don’t use the stabilizer on the mechanic service cranes at all! There seems to be a threshold of when to use them properly and when it’s ok to “short-jack” the crane as they are lifting under xxx weight.  Ok so how does this get so confused anyway?  Lets look at the reason for stabilizer deployment in the first place:  These are not “outriggers”, often a term used for the 2 legs that are deployed to prevent an unsafe lift.  Outriggers are typically used on larger cranes where

Picker Training in Fort McMurray Alberta

When it comes to picker training in Northern Alberta, right in the middle of one of the worst polar vortex’s on record…well you say yes and dress for the situation.   Well when the call for knuckle picker training comes in January of 2021, you don’t say “it’s too cold outside”, you ask if there is a large shop available and trust in the process. The old song sung at Christmas, “Oh the weather outside is frightful…”, does NOT come anywhere close to how bone chilling and equipment damaging these climates are.  But they don’t need to be and we show the folks just how to deal with the equipment side at least. Luckily for me and the 12 operators who

Is Picker Training Mandatory?

In Alberta, many people often ask us if  “certification” equals “qualification,” and, if not, what the difference is. The main difference is the level of testing required. Qualification is done by the employer (think along the lines of competency), and may or may not involve formal testing; It is at the discretion of the employer’s qualified evaluator. Certification requires third-party testing to provide a consistent and accurate means to determine a person’s technical knowledge and hands-on skills related to the task. If you would like to know more or have more questions, such as: “Is picker training mandatory?”, or “do I have to recertify my picker operators every 3 years?”  All great questions and we get that a lot. In

Picker Operator Training

Our Light Duty Picker Training Program is Better Than Ever with Updates to Provide Your Company and Your Operators a FULL Day of Picker Training. Our head instructor is a Factory Trained, Certified Operator Light Crane Trainer Who Worked in Austria, France and the U.S.A for Palfinger Cranes. We travel the province of Alberta offering our light duty picker certification program and have received many, many compliments, reviews and return requests so you can rest assured that the information you learn from our HIAB operator training course is on point, on target and on budget! Our picker operator training program is fully compliant with ALL provincial Occupational Health and Safety standards as those are taken from the CSA standard that

Crane Operator Safety Program – COVID Update

COVID and Operator Training Changes for the Balance of ’20 and Into 2021 With all of the changes that have happened and likely the ones to come throughout the winter season, our crane operator safety program has been updated to reflect these new COVID updates. We are continuing to follow the guidelines as set by Alberta Health with respect to keeping safe distances apart. In a scenario whereby you might have 6 operators, your shop or office area needs to be able to accommodate that spacing requirement for the morning theory sessions. The afternoon practical is done in the same manner that it has always been, for example, the safety walk around, inspections and such are conducted with proper spacing

Alberta Companies Working in BC – Crane Certification Update

We are able to provide training to ALBERTA based customers doing crane work in BC. So what does that mean?  If your crane on your truck has a capacity of LESS than 5-tons initial pick capacity, and your crane has LESS than 30′ of hydraulic reach, we are able to provide you with full certification. Should your crane EXCEED these specifications, then you would be required to take a BCACS crane certification program. The whole premise is not unlike here in Alberta, if your picker lifts less than 8-tons (initial pick) and does NOT have an attached winch that is capable of a 9,000lb single line pull (similar to a carry deck type crane or other larger cranes that have