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Mission Statement
Code of Business
C.W. Smith - Past to Present and Tomorrow
Health and Safety Policy
Policy - The Environment

Mission Statement

To provide the GTA, south and central regions of Ontario with a punctual lift service utilizing well-maintained and clean machines rated from 12 to 450 tons lifting capacity.

This taking into consideration performance, time and safety employing well-trained professional (qualified) operators, drivers and apprentices with appropriate accessories; cognizant of and applying Operating Engineers Employer Bargaining Agency Collective Agreement with the IUOE #793.

This to service a broad base of customers and a variety of businesses in the construction, communications, transportation, landscaping, machinery-moving, industrial, commercial and residential sectors.

Code of Business

In 1965, Harold D. Smith set out to build a crane service based upon an uncompromising code of values. Those ethics are still valid today.

  • Help the competition and keep the trade strong.
  • Make the price fair and reasonable.
  • Make a deal that is profitable for all.
  • Live up to your promises.
  • Treat employees with respect.
  • Honour the Trade contract with the IUOE #793.
  • Make jobs and demand Union keep "playing field" level.
  • Do the job safely and right.
  • Communicate with customers.
  • Be ambassadors of the company and trade.
  • Represent integrity, honesty and decency in the trade.
  • Be punctual and co-operative on the site.
  • Invoice promptly and in detail.
  • Respect the customer, his employees and goals.

C.W. Smith - Past to Present and Tomorrow

C.W. Smith Crane Service was founded in 1965 by C.W. Smith who retired from the J.N. and C.A. Pitts Construction Group and his son Harold D. Smith, Essentially (except for military service time) both had spent their working years in the Pitts organization. HDS provided the initial capital and ongoing working energy taking on the role of salesman and general manager. He succeeded his father as president and CEO in 1979.

From the time that Harold's energy was directed to C.W. Smith Crane, the customer base and machine numbers grew that included a fleet of 35 tonners and machines rated up to 450 tons. Harold's genial personality, his desire to satisfy the needs of his customers and establish a corp. of operators who had the same passion for the industry as he did, held him in high esteem. This and the fact that he travelled extensively to find new machines made him a popular industry contact. He was very proud of his GROVE fleet that were painted distinctive Smith orange. After returning to work, completely recovered from a stroke in 1991, HDS downsized his company to meet the changing needs of his customers. Harold D. Smith died suddenly in 1997 just after receiving delivery of a new Lieverherr LTM 1160/2, 190 ton unit.

A new era began on that day, reluctantly his wife Jean A. Grant (Bobi) Smith decided to carry on. Born into the Nicol-McKay construction family, her first jobs were on construction sites in Toronto and Northern Ontario. Her father Irvin Nicol had spent his construction life working as a superintendent for McNamara, Bennett-Pratt, Defense Construction and Newman Brothers Construction, and was noted as a concrete specialist.

Smith continues to change - preparing for the next generation. Jeffrey Robertson is now General Manager in charge of sales and Kevin Robertson is the Operations Manager who keeps the fleet on the road. The brothers Robertson grew up in the crane industry. Father Keith (and later Kevin) were partners in Superior Crane Service in the days when Superior owned a fleet of cranes. The common links that join management and workers today are passion, respect, excellence and productivity. Everyone is committed to do their job and that little bit extra for the customer. We make a great team - from management to journeymen (the best) and apprentices.

We are proud to be SMITH CRANE!


IThe management of C.W. Smith Crane Service Limited is vitally interested in the health and safely of its employees.  Protection of employees from injury or occupational disease is a major continuing objective.  C.W. Smith Crane will make every effort to provide a safe and healthy work environment.   All supervisors and workers must be dedicated to te continuing objective of reducing risk of injury.

C.W. Smith Crane is ultimately responsible for worker health and safety.  As the president of C.W. Smith Crane I can assure you that every effort is made to comply with the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction Projects (November 2006).

Supervisors will be held accountable for the health and safety of workers under their supervision.  Supervisors are responsible to ensure than machinery and equipment are safe and that workers work in compliance with established safe work practices and procedures.  Workers must receive adequate training in their specific work tasks to protect their health and safety.

Every worker must protect his or her own health and safety by working in compliance with the law and with sae work practices and procedures relateive to the unionized trade of crane operator (IUOE #793).

It is in the best interest of all parties to consider health and safety in every activity.  Commitment to health and safety must be an integral part of this organization, from the president to the workers.


We are only temporary custodians of the space on earth that we occupy.   We therefore must respect that which will be inherited by our children and grandchildren.  It is therefore necessary that we make good choices on a daily and minute-to-minute basis.  Always err on the side of caution and use common sense!

Keep our home site clean and the space uncluttered.  Use the recycle and scrap bins.  Do not throw hout anything that can be used again.  All oil and tires arerecycled.  Bring your own refuse home from the jobsite, unless there are provisions and instructions posted there.


Smoking is prohibited in the workplace and that includes all company vehiles and cranes (upper and lower cabs) and jobsites.  Please be respectful of the space you share with others as second hand smoke is aced with such poisonous chemicals aminoaphthalene and aminophenyl and could cause cancer.  Take the No Smoking message home to your family and minimize health problems as you help to hopefully produce a generation that has  zero tolerance for tobacco smoking.  There have been NO Smoking signs up at Smith Cranes since 1997 and we than you for your co-operation.


Respect the Lock Out tags that belong to other trades.  Confine your expertise to your trade – crane operator.  All operators and apprentices at Smith Cranes have completed training and are WHMIS rated.  In the shop hazardous materials are kept in a designated and marked area.


Please make sure that your vehice is properly serviced on schedule.  Do not idle your ehice unless is a working mode.  This saves fuel and the atmosphere.


All spills, small or large must be contained as soon as possible.  It is important not to allow any foreign matter to leak into sensitive areas.  Set up carefully and avoid being close to such hazards.  In the event of a spill, all and dispatch and notify the jobsite supervisor at once.

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