Safety Officer wearing a safety vest and writing on a clip board.

Safety Officer wearing a safety vest and writing on a clip board.

During the past two years, Bigfoot’s Academy has been providing a major city in Canada with specialized rigging training for all of their civil workers. In the process of training hundreds of workers, Bigfoot has garnered valuable feedback from participants and improved critical aspects of the course.

Today, the course is being offered as a one-day (eight-hour) training experience, which is always a mixture of classroom learning and onsite coaching. Bigfoot’s Academy is providing some of the best training experiences in the industry.

 

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The goal of Bigfoot’s Civil Rigging Course is to educate the untrained worker. The course focuses on the proper use of equipment, on lifting practices, and on the potential hazards of the work environment.

Eighty percent of rigging failures are due to slings being cut, and that’s where our course comes in to teach proper inspection and safe use of slings & hardware.

In addition to explaining current regulations, the course also helps workers to know what questions to ask when lifting loads, so that they can use taglines effectively and keep a safe distance from hazards.

 

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Our training is well known for being practical, helpful and engaging. Our instructors have years of on-the-job experience and they combine their knowledge with a passion for teaching, which comes out clearly in the format of the training.

“We teach theory and practical,” says Ralf Notheis, Manager of Bigfoot’s Academy, “so that means we spend some time in the classroom, then we get out on the job, in the rain and in the mud with our gloves on, to make sure it works in real life. We don’t just tell people what they need to know, we show them why they need to know it.”

 

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A row of construction managers stand looking off towards their construction site at mid-day.

A row of construction managers stand looking off towards their construction site at mid-day.

Effective training in civil rigging training not only prevents accidents and ensures safety for workers, but it also relieves the legal and corporate pressures of negligence on the part of managers and owners.

Whether it’s safety risks, damage risks, legal liabilities, or loss of work, the cost of accidents is enormous. Untrained and unqualified managers can be a major liability to construction companies and city work crews. Bigfoot’s Civil Rigging Course is for supervisors and foremen as well as workers. Everyone needs to understand the value of this training.

 

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Two men helping lower shoring with an excavator into a hole.

Two men helping lower shoring with an excavator into a hole.

“The Civil Rigging Course helps workers move loads safely. Really, it’s for anyone who does any kind of mechanized lifting, using equipment like excavators or backhoes to move loads into place. Ideally, we want to make this course available to every civil works crew and every construction company in Canada—it’s that important.”

– Ralf Notheis, Manager of Bigfoot’s Academy.

Bigfoot’s training for civil riggers empowers workers with knowledge so that they can be confident on job sites. With adequate training, they can perform their work with the kind of self-assurance and professionalism that is required in a high-risk environment.

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 Bigfoot construction employtee delivering a recycling bag out of a closed road to the garbage pick-up truck.

When we say we support the community we live in, we mean it!

Since this North Vancouver street was closed for the mobilization of our San Marco SMT 460 unit, our lead technician James Fujita took the initiative to make sure recycling day wasn’t missed. Living out our values by taking care of our neighbours is Legendary Service, thank you James!

Photo credit: Bigfoot Technician, Sandra Allard

Bigfoot Sign in Sign Post Forest

Bigfoot Sign in Sign Post Forest

Bigfoot is now proudly represented in Watson Lake, Yukon Territory (YT)’s Sign Post Forest. The landmark is located at Kilometer 980 of the Alaska Highway and has collected over 77,000 signs form around the world. The Sign Post Forest originated in 1942, when recovering U.S. soldier Carl K. Lindley was repairing the directional signs on the highway and decided to add one pointing to his hometown of Danville, Illinois. Since then, visitors from all over the world have brought signs that are significant to them to add to the forest, including our own Ralf Notheis.

When he’s not running Bigfoot’s Crane and Hoist Academy, Ralf is a motorcycle enthusiast. He’s done several solo long-distance trips, and last summer took his longest trip to date yet Tuktoyaktuk, YT, clocking in at about 10,000km. He brought one of Bigfoot’s signs with him to hang in the Sign Post Forest, so we sat down with him to hear more about his trip and what taking a Bigfoot sign means to him.

Ralf Notheis at Arctic Circle

Bigfoot’s Ralf Notheis in the Arctic Circle

  1. How long was the entire trip?
    I was gone for 13 days. The first few days I was riding pretty hard because I just wanted to get up to the Yukon, and then really take my time from there.
  2. What were the unique challenges of this trip? What made it interesting?
    The weather and the clay roads were definitely a challenge.  From Dawson City to Tuktoyaktuk is 1,000km of loose gravel and clay; it’s like riding on grease and many people on 2 wheels end up getting flown out from bad crashes. The Robert Campbell Highway from Watson Lake was also really challenging, and a lot of people told me not to do it. There’s only one place to fuel up on that road, but I had just enough gas to get to that station, fuel up, and keep going.I left equipped with a sensible plan and great gear that includes my BMW motorcycle. I was happy to finally drink the Sourtoe Cocktail in Dawson City, along with riding the Dempster Hwy to the Arctic Ocean, it’s been on my to-do list for a long time. If you don’t know what the Sourtoe Cocktail is, click here to learn about this true Candian tradition.

    Drinking the Sour Toe Cocktail in Dawson City

  3. Biking is a big passion of yours. How many trips like this have you taken by yourself?
    Tuktoyaktuk was for sure the longest one but I’ve been all over BC, Alberta and through the Western United States. I plan to be in Ushuaia, Argentina in 2023 for my 50th Birthday and ride home from there.
  4. How did you find out about the Sign Post Forest?
    I was researching the places I had planned on camping and stumbled across the story about it. Watson Lake, YT is not famous for too many things but the history of this landmark is pretty amazing.
  5. What made you want to put a sign up there?
    I think it’s great advertising since thousands of people visit this site annually from all over the world and I didn’t see even one other sign from a competitor.

    Ralf’s BMW bike with the Bigfoot sign safely packed

  6. Tell me about the sign you put up there. How big was it?
    It had about an 18 inch diameter and I was able to wrap it and tuck it between my luggage.  We’ve had this sign laying in the operations office since I started in 2015 so it was finally put to good use. I got there at night and camped nearby so I just walked over with the sign. It took me almost an hour to find a good spot for it but I’m really happy with where it is, I think it looks really cool.
  7. Why did you decide to take one of Bigfoot’s signs up there and not one from your hometown or an old motorcycle plate?
    The Bigfoot logo is way cooler and more personal to me than any other sign I can think of. Sure, I could have taken any other random sign up with me, but the Bigfoot branding just looks so cool! My only concern is that it’s so nice that someone will steal it!
Ralf Notheis in Tuktoyaktuk, YT

Ralf at his destination: Tuktoyaktuk, YT

The tenacity and dedication that Ralf needed to complete this trip to the Arctic Circle are the same values that drive Bigfoot’s Crane and Hoist Academy and have earned it awards across North America. Click here to discover how combining industry-leading practices with lived-out values make our academy the premier choice for crane and hoist operation training.

We are a young company on the move, grow along with us

We offer competitive compensation

  • Excellent Benefits Package
  • 100% MSP coverage
  • We believe in continual professional development for our team members

Why Bigfoot Crane Company?

What we’re looking for:

At Bigfoot, we believe our success begins with the team we build. As a small, diverse, non-union company, we need agile team members keen to grow and work in various aspects of our service business. Continued education and development are a core belief, and we proactively support our crew to reach new heights – literally and figuratively. Our business includes sales, rentals and service for Self-Erecting Tower Cranes, Traditional Tower Cranes, Construction Hoists and Derrick Cranes.

We are a “pitch in” and roll up your sleeves kind of place, cultivating a strong team environment. We actively promote a culture high in honesty and integrity. Legendary Service: It’s what we do.

To apply for this position, please use the form to submit your cover letter and resume. If the form is not behaving please email us at: HR@BIGFOOTCRANE.COM
(emphasis on the cover letter, we want to get to know you!)

Where do you see your career going? Why not enjoy a career with a view….150 feet up!

But only the best can handle this work – is that you?

Ever drive past tower cranes and think “Wow” … or wonder how they work? If you love getting your
hands-on machinery, learning what makes them ‘tick’… and are the person who can fix almost anything –
then we want to talk to you!

Join Bigfoot Crane Company and be part of the fastest growing Crane company in Western Canada!

Crane service BC

CRANE TECHNICIAN (MECHANIC) @ BIGFOOT CRANE

You will have the opportunity to work as a member of our Legendary Crane Service team. Part of the secret sauce of our success is the quality of our service, and you would be an important part of that. We can offer you a position which will challenge you and continue to grow your professional skills. We won’t lie, the work is hard and sometimes it can be long days but if you’re the kind of person who likes to push themselves to be ahead of the rest – then you have what it takes to be Legendary!

Someone with a heavy-duty mechanical background, relevant experience working on machinery – no certifications necessary but a passion for mechanics is a must. Huge bonus if you’ve already worked with Tower Cranes, but previous experience not required.

  • Welding or fabrication skills would be fantastic
  • Experience with pulley systems is definitely helpful
  • If you’ve got some electrical knowledge, along with some hydraulics – that is another bonus
  • Great communication skills with the team and site colleagues
  • A positive attitude, team spirit, and be able to work closely with our Crane Service team
  • A positive ambassador for our brand on job sites
  • An ability to remotely assist Client’s on how to trouble-shoot equipment based on standard operating procedures and technical manuals
  • An ability to work overtime, sometimes critical jobs require our team to stick with it longer than usual
  • Someone who can climb ladders, and comfortable working at heights up to 150 feet in all safe weather conditions
  • A candidate with a valid driver’s license and own transportation as some sites aren’t accessible with public transport
  • A keen problem-solving ability to diagnose and trouble-shoot mechanical and electronic issues
  • Attention to detail, someone who can record the repair story on work orders, noting problems or unusual situations encountered during repairs
  • Dedication to safety, by participating in the Bigfoot Crane Safety Program including safety meetings and worksite inspections.
  • Someone who takes pride in their work, keeping their tools, equipment and work area clean and functional
  • Bonus if you have a current passport allowing entry into the USA, some travel required
  • For the right candidate, we’ll put you through our Crane Operator program
  • We promote and protect our awesome culture

We are a young company on the move, grow along with us

We offer competitive compensation

  • Excellent Benefits Package
  • 100% MSP coverage
  • We believe in continual professional development for our team members

Why Bigfoot Crane Company?

What we’re looking for:

At Bigfoot, we believe our success begins with the team we build. As a small, diverse, non-union company, we need agile team members keen to grow and work in various aspects of our service business. Continued education and development are a core belief, and we proactively support our crew to reach new heights – literally and figuratively. Our business includes sales, rentals and service for Self-Erecting Tower Cranes, Traditional Tower Cranes, Construction Hoists and Derrick Cranes.

We are a “pitch in” and roll up your sleeves kind of place, cultivating a strong team environment. We actively promote a culture high in honesty and integrity. Legendary Service: It’s what we do.

To apply for this position, please use the form to submit your cover letter and resume. If the form is not behaving please email us at: HR@BIGFOOTCRANE.COM
(emphasis on the cover letter, we want to get to know you!)

Where do you see your career going? Why not enjoy a career with a view….150 feet up!

But only the best can handle this work – is that you?

Ever drive past tower cranes and think “Wow” … or wonder how they work? If you love getting your hands-on machinery, learning what makes them ‘tick’… and are the person who can fix almost anything –then we want to talk to you!

Join Bigfoot Crane Company and be part of the fastest growing Crane company in Western Canada!