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Domson Engineering & Inspection Ltd. is pleased to formally announce that it is now a subsidiary of Industrial Inspection & Analysis (IIA).
The CSA Group has publicly released the review draft for the new CSA Z150.3 safety code for articulating cranes for review. >
The CSA Group has publicly released the review draft for the new CSA Z151 standard for Concrete Pumps and Placing Booms. >
On February 8th, 2017 we hosted our first webinar review of the new Ontario Construction Regulations. We discussed what the changes mean, what construction equipment they affect, when is NDT required, and how to check your NDT inspectors' qualifications.
New Ontario Construction Regulations define which methods, and what qualifications are required to perform NDT on lift devices. >
Engineers performing tower crane inspections must follow new Performance Standard or risk losing license.
Another of the most frequently asked questions we encounter is, "why does the inspector need to come back and inspect any repairs before I can get my certificate?". In this article we do a breakdown and analysis on what CSA Z150 says about repair inspection, and why it's always important to properly finish the job. >
This is one of the most frequent questions our lifting engineers are asked, and one that has no single definitive answer. We look at industry best practices and international standards and take a look at the circumstances where a critical lift may be required. >
In response to the deaths of two Ontario workers operating a mast-climbing work platform (MCWP) that collapsed, the Ministry of Labour recently issued an alert providing recommendations for improved inspection practices. >
In partnership with custom fabricator Lopes Limited, Domson contributed to the design and erection of 2 new freestanding smoke stacks for a manufacturing plant in Sudbury. >
Corrosion is like a force of nature. It doesn't care whether your company owns a fleet of cranes, or if you have a forklift or two, whichever the scenario the bottom line is it can have a negative affect on your profits by damaging your equipment. >
Domson's structural engineer was a key member of the construction team working on the "Forever Bicycles" sculpture, as seen recently on display at the Nuit Blanche 2013 art exhibit. >
Domson personnel recently completed the factory training course offered by Schwing America for inspection of their concrete pumpers. Upon completion of the course, Domson was added to Schwing's certified inspector list. >
The Ontario government recently passed the decision to withdraw a proclamation for the repeal to the Industrial Exception that was scheduled to be enacted September 1, 2013. This "industrial exception", passed in October 2010 by the same provincial government, allows for certain acts of engineering to be carried out by non-engineers in a manufacturing workplace. >
It was common knowledge in Ontario that a manufacturer could design equipment for their plant without involving a licensed professional engineer. In fact, many engineers doing design work at a manufacturing plant did not even bother to get licensed. This was known as the "industrial exception" under the Professional Engineers Act. >
Domson inspects all types of lift equipment each to its corresponding standard. If you own a crane or other type of lifting device and are not sure what is required in terms of inspection, see the reference chart below.
We are now selling pre-engineered spreader beams and manbaskets for clients looking for a turnkey solution. Spec sheets and pricing are available upon request. Please contact us or contact Keith at 1-877-789-1328 ext. 308.
On June 21 and 22, 2008, the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario put on a Safety Conference for their union constituents. The weekend session covered mobile cranes on the Saturday and tower cranes on the Sunday. >
Most people in the construction world heard about the new laws that came out for confined spaces a little while ago. At the same time as that legislation was brought in, the construction regulations for electrical safety were virtually completely restructured as well. >
Of course, you’ve got a wealth of experience behind you and a good understanding of the lift industry. But, sometimes the rules get grey, or you simply haven’t dealt with a certain situation before and need a little support. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a professional on your staff for those moments when you needed answers right away? >
Multiple crane lifts can be tricky business. One source described two crane lifts as being more than twice as risky as single crane lifts with even more disproportionate increases in risk as more cranes are added. This is generally due to the load interaction between the cranes. >
It’s inevitable. If you inspect your crane, aerial device, or other mobile lift equipment, you’re eventually going to find something that needs repair. When this day comes, its important to fix it properly to avoid having to do it again – either in the following year, or even immediately after the first repair attempt.
If you own a crane, and especially if you’re in the business of renting it out, you’ve likely had requirements to raise a worker in a manbasket. If so, you should be familiar with section 153 of OHSA’s Regulations for Construction Projects. However, if this section means nothing to you, then you’re not alone. >
If you’re like all of the people I asked, you naturally assume that overloading is the major reason for crane tipovers. Surprise! The October 2003 issue of Crane’s Today magazine reports that the number one reason for crane overturning accidents was insufficient support under the outriggers. This is especially true for small cranes performing “routine” lifts due to the lack of planning often associated with these jobs. >
The Crane Rental Association of Canada (CRAC) put on a show in Ottawa for this year’s CRAC Conference spanning four days from May 29 to June 1, 2003. Over two hundred people representing Canada’s crane industry attended. >
The CSA standards covering scissorlift platforms (B354.2-01) and boom type aerial platforms (B354.4-02) were updated in the last two years after last being published in 1982. >
The June 2002 issue of the Network News (published by Construction Safety Association of Ontario) included an article on a construction company found to be in violation of the OH&S Act after a crane failure caused the deaths of two employees and injuries to two others. The failure occurred when the boom hoist cable for the Manitowoc 222 crane broke causing the boom to fall onto the workers. >
More and more, crane owners are being asked to have their crane inspected and signed off by a professional engineer before it can go to work. The requirement is already found in Canadian standards and in parts of provincial regulations. >