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Ontario updates crane safety regulations for 2024

January 5, 2024  By CHC Staff

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TORONTO – Two amendments to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act regarding crane usage across construction sites have come into effect as of Jan. 1.

The Ontario government stated that these amendments are meant to improve the safety requirements surrounding the installation, usage, inspection and maintenance of cranes on construction sites to better protect both on-site workers and the public.

These changes include the clarification and addition of requirements surrounding new design, installation, inspection, maintenance and record-keeping, along with more comprehensive inspections of tower cranes. New and updated references to relevant national standards regarding the design and operation of tower cranes have also been included.

The scope of these updates also serves to address advances in crane technology. Requirements surrounding the operational needs of self-erecting tower cranes have been added and amended, and updated clarifications regarding requirements for cables, slings and rigging equipment have been included.


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