“Due Diligence” — these two words are beginning to have a major impact in all areas of business and industry worldwide. Canadian Federal laws and Occupational Health and Safety regulations define due diligence as “doing everything reasonably practicable” to prevent a failure or injury. In most regions, regulations are demanding more of employers by making them “explicitly responsible” for providing proper objective evidence of due diligence for worker safety and work-site safety.

For the operation of overhead lifting equipment, this means there must be documented procedures implemented for daily crane operations, inspections, rigging applications, training, monitoring of worker performance, internal auditing, non-conformance and corrective actions. Having these processes and procedures properly implemented and maintained will ensure the operator is continuously working in accordance with the safety training received, and is meeting minimum industry compliance requirements.

The safety training in itself is only a very small part of the due diligence for compliance requirement in accordance to Bill C45 section of the Canadian Criminal Code. It is far more critical to be able to prove the company has done everything “reasonably practicable” to prevent an incident or accident. These records are documented proof, together with checklists, daily operator logbooks, internal audit results for monitoring, etc. The only way to ensure a continuance of the safe work practices taught to the workers is to train all personnel who have a responsibility for monitoring workers. Having this documentation in place as mentioned above is “the company’s objective evidence of due diligence, and it reduces the company’s liability in the event of an injury accident”. ACTi also has designed a daily operator logbook that assists with tracking workers to ensure they are performing all required tasks and entering them in them daily logbook.