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New regulations make anti-collision systems a priority

June 13, 2023  By Don Horne

Photo courtesy of Bigfoot.

Since new regulations came out in March requiring all tower cranes in proximity to power lines or to other cranes to be equipped with anti-collision/zoning devices, companies have been scrambling to incorporate these necessary safety features.

Although the new regulations implemented by WorkSafeBC were expected – and most people in the crane industry see the obvious safety benefits of using these systems – the biggest challenges for crane companies are the timeline and the cost of compliance.

“These systems work,” said Ryan Burton, Bigfoot’s Managing Director, “They make tower cranes safer.”

See related article, Recognizing the benefits of anti-collision devices

No matter where you are located, anti-collision/zoning devices will, without a doubt, be an integral part of the future of the crane industry. Bigfoot is already engaged in offering help to companies that need to assess their tower cranes and, if necessary, fit them with the new anti-collision/zoning systems.

According to Burton, depending on the year and condition of the cranes in their fleet, companies have several options along the road to compliance. The form of this help can involve something as simple as installation and certification, or as complicated as re-drawing the schematics of a crane’s electrical panel in order to bring it into OEM compliance.

Bigfoot has entered into partnership with one of the world’s largest manufacturers of zone control and anti-collision systems, AMCS Technologies, a French company that has been a global leader in construction safety devices since 1994 and produces what Burton considers to be the best zone control product for cranes in the market.

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