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Crane & Hoist Canada’s Top 5 stories of 2021


December 24, 2021
By Crane & Hoist Canada staff

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crane fireA dramatic blaze at a Kelowna, B.C. construction site caused significant damage, notably to a Potain HDT80 tower crane that hung over the site for several days.

This year recorded strong activity across Canada for the crane and heavy lifting industries, with momentum expected to carry well into the new year.

While there was no shortage of heavy lifting news throughout 2021, some headlines attracted more attention than others. Here are the Top 5 most read stories online at craneandhoistcanada.com throughout the year:

5. Getting the job done as a mother and crane operator apprentice

Rachel McCoy found her way to Irving Equipment through Irving’s New Boots program. A program aimed to attract, support, and retain underrepresented groups in non-traditional skilled trades.

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4. Crane tips, crashes into house in Richmond Hill, Ont.

In August, a crane toppled onto a home in Richmond Hill, Ont. as it was lifting a swimming pool over the roof and into the backyard.

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3. Top climbing a tower crane: Ensuring safe assembly and dismantling

WorkSafeBC released a new bulletin reminding employers and operators about the risks associated with assembling and dismantling cranes.

Top climbing is a common way of assembling, dismantling and repositioning a tower crane. This is potentially hazardous work that must only be performed by an experienced and competent lead hand and qualified workers.

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2. Cranespotting: Hoist common tower in Ontario is an uncommon sight

A hoist common tower flanking one of two planned M City condominiums in Mississauga, Ont. caught attention for its material composition.

Rather than tying construction hoists in a row along the building face, a common tower houses up to six large hoists within one system, plus a staircase.

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1. Leavitt Cranes takes down fire-damaged crane in Kelowna, B.C.

In the early morning hours of April 6, a three-alarm fire broke out at a construction site in Kelowna, B.C. The blaze completely destroyed the four-storey condominium project and left an extremely damaged Potain HDT80 crane hanging over the site for several days.

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