What Defines Critical Lift with a Crane?

What Defines a Critical Lift with a Crane? When it comes to crane operations, safety is of utmost importance. One key aspect of crane safety is understanding what constitutes a critical lift. In this blog post, we will explore what defines a critical lift with a knuckle boom crane and the precautions that need to be taken. Understanding Critical Lifts… A critical lift refers to a rigging activity that requires planning and additional safety measures to minimize the risk of crane failure or accidents [1]. It typically involves lifts that exceed certain thresholds in terms of load capacity, lift configuration, or proximity to hazardous areas. Load Capacity Thresholds Different sources provide varying percentages for load capacity thresholds that define a

Crane Stability – Why it’s Often Misunderstood by Inexperience

Crane Stability is a critical aspect of safe lifting operations and inexperienced operators on light duty cranes (cranes that don’t require a trade operator at the controls), often misjudge the weight and factors at play on the smaller picker trucks.  It’s generally misunderstood by inexperience in operators. Ensuring the stability of a crane during a lift helps prevent accidents and protects workers, equipment, and materials. Here are a few key reasons why proper crane stability is so important: Stabilizers are often referred to as outriggers and while I won’t split hairs at all, most don’t really understand the diffrernce between stabilizers and outriggers, let me quickly define them: Stabilizers – are typically installed on smaller cranes, knuckle booms, service cranes,

Picker Truck Safety Training in Alberta

If you are looking for light duty picker truck safety training in Alberta you are at the right place. We will provide your company with safety training for all LIGHT DUTY crane operators in Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C.  We don’t provide certification for any crane larger than 8-tons (Alberta standard), or 5.5 Tons in Saskatchewan.   Our light duty Picker truck Certification in Alberta program is recognized by ALL major operators and other industries in Canada, as well as OHS and many insurance companies. Certification is required on ALL crane types lifting more than 2,000kg (first pick on the load chart), by OHS standards IF your picker lifts more than 8-tons in Alberta (the first pick on the load chart), you

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.   When the call for knuckle picker training comes in January, 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 participated in our