What is the Law on Operating Knuckle Boom Cranes Over 8 Tons in Alberta?

Ok, so I get this question a lot, “What is the Law on Operating Knckle Pickers in Alberta?”, in fact so much I thought I’d write this post dedicated to that specifically and clear up all of the mis-information out there on this.   In Alberta, as in all other provinces, there are no LAWS around operating cranes of any size.  There are however STANDARDS by which the operator must produce that information to ensure that they have been properly trained and understand the procedures on that type of equipment. In Alberta specificallly however, according to Alberta Advanced Education, the requirements are HERE and they outline the weight class you are required to have a trade registerd operator at the

Light Crane Operator Certification

Many times our other program for folding booms is mistaken for the same program for these smaller “micro” cranes and we tell the customer, we have a crane specific program for the very light crane operator certification or very light cranes as we call them. The training while similar to their larger cousins, is a bit shorter in duration but still the same high quality instruction and practical you get no matter which program you choose. Each operator will be required to pass the theory exam (85% required) and then a practical assessment is also done as shown, to include: Proper positioning while operating the crane Load theory Load placement Weight calculation (basic) Stability Inspection And much more. Upon completing

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