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

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

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