2024 Brings Changes to Ontario Crane Regulations

September 6, 2023 | < 1 min read

On January 1, 2024, significant changes to Ontario crane inspection regulations (O.Reg.213/91) will take effect. To remain in compliance, crane owners must embrace more rigorous testing and maintain meticulous logbooks for every crane.

Prior to the August 8, 2023, amendment, the law referenced the 1974 version of CSA Z150. However, in the absence of a logbook with proper recording of inspection and maintenance, the amended law references the 2016 version of CSA Z150, effective from January 1, 2024, which requires owners to perform not only structural inspection of cranes, but also operational and mechanical inspections under the supervision of a professional engineer.

A Brief History
First published in 1974, CSA Z150 is a standard developed for the safety of mobile cranes in Canada.

The CSA Z150 standard has evolved over the years:

  • 1998: It was first revised in 1998 to better clarify what type of inspection must be done on an annual basis. This was the first time that the qualification of non-destructive personnel and the need for the involvement of a professional engineer were well defined.
  • 2016: In 2016, the annual inspection of cranes was expanded to cover both structural and mechanical inspection to be done under the supervision of a professional engineer.

What’s Changing?
On August 8, 2023, an amendment to the regulations (O.Reg.213/91) was enacted that affects inspection requirements and record-keeping. The amended law will take effect on January 1, 2024. Changes are highlighted below.

Beginning in 2024, the crane owner must keep a logbook that shows all inspections, tests, repairs, modifications, and maintenance for each crane. Inspections must be completed per the CSA Z150-16 standard, which requires structural inspection utilizing non-destructive testing (NDT) and mechanical inspection under the supervision of a professional engineer.

  • If a crane does have a logbook showing the inspections and tests completed as per manufacturer requirements, it’s good for continuous service until the expiry date of the annual inspection as specified in CSA Z150-16, which is by the end of the 12th month following the previous inspection.
  • If the crane does not have a logbook or the information on the logbook does not show that the inspection and maintenance have been done properly, then a complete structural and mechanical inspection must be done under the supervision of a professional engineer and recorded in the crane logbook and the inspections continued on an annual basis.

Read more about the legislation here: O. Reg. 213/91: CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS (ontario.ca)

How IIA Can Help

We have updated our inspection checklist and trained our staff on Ontario’s new regulatory requirements for cranes. To accommodate the new requirements taking effect in 2024, we offer:

  • Full Package of Required Inspections: Our professional engineers and certified technicians are qualified to provide the structural, operational and mechanical crane inspections required by the new law. As always, we provide detailed documentation for every inspection we perform.
  • Review of In-House Mechanical Inspections: For companies performing mechanical crane inspections in-house, IIA can provide expert engineering review of inspection reports for an added measure of security.

As a leading provider of crane inspections for more than 20 years, IIA is here to help customers navigate these and future changes to ensure crane safety and compliance. For further information please contact our IIA Canadian services at 647-559-6259 or email sales@industrial-ia.com