Regulation - LGIC

Consultation on Improving Health and Safety Requirements relating to Tower Cranes

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 213/91: CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
O. Reg. 420/21: NOTICES AND REPORTS UNDER SECTIONS 51 TO 53.1 OF THE ACT
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is proposing to modernize and clarify existing requirements relating to the use of tower cranes set out in the Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) and O. Reg. 420/21: Notices and Reports Under Sections 51 to 53/1 of the Act - Fatalities, Critical Injuries, Occupational Illnesses and Other Incidents under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

This proposal includes 20 recommendations targeting 6 key areas of focus, including:

1. Introducing new notification requirements relating to the use of tower cranes;
2. Clarifying requirements for design, installation, maintenance, and inspection requirements including record keeping;
3. Referencing the Professional Engineers of Ontario's practice standard for tower crane review and clarifying the role and responsibilities of professional engineers in the design, erection and inspection of tower cranes, including certifying tower cranes as safe to use after repairs or following fault diagnosis;
4. Introducing new, and updating existing, references to relevant national and international standards relating to the design and operation of tower cranes;
5. Updating and introducing new training requirements for crane operators; and
6. Addressing advances in technology by adding new and specific requirements for self-erecting tower cranes.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
All ministries are subject to requirements set out in the Modernizing Ontario for People and Businesses Act, 2020 (MOPBA), which came into force January 1, 2021. As part of its obligations under the MOPBA, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development will conduct a Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) of these proposed amendments. A regulatory impact assessment is a process of identifying and assessing the incremental benefits and costs of regulations and non-regulatory alternatives.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
21-MLTSD 016
Posting Date:
July 14, 2021
Comments Due Date:
September 13, 2021
Contact Address:
Construction Health and Safety Regulatory Proposal Project - Tower Crane
Health, Safety and Insurance Policy Branch
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
400 University Avenue, 12th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 1T7