Fulford Begins Research Program – High Capacity Synthetic Slings & Rope
5 October 2017
Slings made from proprietary super high strength and low weight fibres are becoming more and more common in hoisting applications.
Using a variety of proprietary molecular formulations, cordage manufacturers are producing synthetic ropes that have the same strength as wire rope but are eight times lighter. This makes super high capacity slings much easier to handle than equivalent wire rope slings.
Additionally several manufacturers are producing prototype lines for use as hoisting line on mobile and stationary cranes. These offer additional weight savings and a longer lifespan than wire rope.
In its April 2017 issue, Cranes Today quotes Dr. Sammy Munuswamy, Manitowoc’s head of global innovation: He states that just as wire rope supplanted natural fibre ropes in the 19th century in hoisting applications, so synthetic rope will supplant wire rope in the 21st century in the majority of hoisting and rigging applications.
He goes on to muse that synthetic ropes are breaking through a phase of technological disruption to that of early adoption. This is borne out with the launch by Samson and Manitowoc of K100 spectra based hoist line in the US and the launch in Europe (projected to market in late 2018) by Liebherr and Teufelberger of soLITE synthetic hoist line.
Fulford believes it important to be informed about the standards underlying any new product innovation in the hoisting industry, particularly those standards underlying the manufacture and use of super high capacity synthetic slings which have such potential to transform the way rigging and hoisting operations are performed in the early part of this century.
To better inform our customers about these changes we are beginning a research program into the different technologies and applications of super high capacity fibres. Our goal is to learn the features of the different proprietary fibres used in sling and line manufacture and gain experience in the rigging innovations these products make possible.
Please bookmark and return to this site to follow our progress and learn about the use and benefits of super high capacity rigging and hoist line.
See the whole article at Cranes Today
Safety Week – Safety & Health: Make Safety a Habit
21 April 2017
The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is an annual, continent-wide event where employers, workers, and all partners in occupational health and safety collaborate to promote injury and illness prevention in the workplace. — WorkSafeBC
May 7 – 13, 2017
Find out what's happening at WorkSafeBC for safety week.
Find out what events are planned in BC for the week.
Changes Announced to Credential Classifications
24 February 2017
The BC Association for Crane Safety announced on February 10th, 2017, changes to the naming of CraneSafe Credentials.
- Certificates formerly listed as Level A credentials will be transitioned to credentials listed as Full Scope.
- Level B credentials will be listed as Provisional credentials.
- Additionally, a Mechanic’s credential has been announced replacing use of Level D Certification for those engaged in Crane Mechanics, while the Level D qualification is to be described as Non-Full Scope.
Fulford will be working to revise our systems over the next few months to change description of the Certification Scheme on our site and in our pdf and printed materials to reflect the credential name changes. We expect to be able to deliver the credentials with the revised names shortly. Updates on new credential naming and when Certificates will go out with the new names will be made as we progress through revising our systems.
Crane Operator Certification in BC – How does it work?
22 February 2017
With some changes announced by the BC Association for Crane Safety on the naming of crane operator credentials in the Province, we have been asked to clarify the role of organizations involved in making crane certification work in BC.
Occupational Health & Safety Regulations
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHS Regs) are the laws relating to worker safety in BC. They are overseen and enforced by WorkSafeBC.
WorkSafeBC funds a partner agency – the BC Association for Crane Safety (the BCACS) – which is a Health and Safety Association for the Crane industry.
BC Association for Crane Safety
The BCACS's mandate is to represent industry issues and concerns to WorkSafe and to present WorkSafe initiatives and objectives to industry through a board of industry and stakeholder representatives. The BCACS is the overseer of the BC Crane Operator Certification scheme. The Association participates in quality control of the certification systems and advises on the scheme to industry and WorkSafe.
The BCACS does not certify crane operators.
Who Certifies Crane Operators?
Certification is carried out by two partner agencies:
- Industry Training Authority (ITA)
• ITA is a BC Government Crown agency
• ITA issues Apprenticeship (Trade) completion credentials
- Fulford Certification
• Fulford is a company specializing in Assessment and Certification
• Fulford issues CraneSafe Certificates
The ITA issues Journeyperson level credentials to Mobile Crane Operators and Tower Crane Operators as well as Unlimited Tonnage Boom Trucks. The ITA uses the Fulford assessment process as part of the completion requirements of the Credential.
Fulford Certification conducts practical assessments of Crane Operators and either issues stand-alone CraneSafe Certificates or documents completion of practical assessment for an ITA credential (depending on the crane classification).
All these moving parts are coordinated through a panel of the four participating partners in the scheme. This panel is the Assessment Review Panel and meets at least quarterly or as business requires.
Have any questions?
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch for any clarification in the role we play in BC’s integrated crane compliance and Certification scheme. Call us toll free at 1.888.952.6033 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gear Breaks in Half During Operation
23 September 2016
– From Cranes Today »
Canadian workplace safety organisation Worksafe BC revealed an incident with a hoisting gear box, highlighting the importance of inspection and preventive maintenance on gear boxes.
Worksafe BC said when a tower crane operator had just finished hoisting formwork from the upper level of a concrete residential high-rise to its first level, and was hoisting the load block while advancing the trolley toward the mast, the empty hook, load block and rigging chains (about 454kg altogether) plummeted to the ground, with the load line spooling around them.
No workers were injured, but several were working in close proximity to the falling equipment.
Inspection of the hoisting gear box showed that a gear has broken in half during operation. Lab tests showed that the gear was made of defective metal and prone to cracking, breaking down, and failing during operation.
"Other tower crane gear boxes have failed, most recently during a list in Alberta in fall 2015. In this case, regular and thorough gear box inspections could have identified gears needing repair and replacement. Such inspections are key to preventing crane equipment collapses and serious or fatal injuries," Worksafe BC said.
Worksafe BC outlined a number of tips for safe work practices, including the use of X-rays or magnetic particle testing to detect hidden flaws.
WorkSafeBC Bulletin: Concrete Pumper Trucks
12 July 2016
WorkSafeBC is investigating a recent incident involving the failure of an outrigger assembly on a concrete pumper truck. Recent incident results in one death, one serious injury.
WorkSafeBC Prevention Information Line: 604.276.3100 or toll-free 1.888.621.SAFE (7233)
Overhead Crane Operator Certifier Program
10 June 2016
Find out more about Fulford's Overhead Crane Certifer program and what it can offer you and your company.
19 April 2016
Find out more about Fulford's Rigger Certifer program and why it's one-of-a-kind in the industry.
Riggers are the key to everything. – Ron Frew, Lead Assessor