First published by Safety+Health an NSC publication
Serious injuries and even death can occur if overhead cranes aren’t inspected and properly used.
Injuries have been reported after workers were struck by a load, or pinched between the load and another object. OSHA’s Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance offers general safety tips for overhead crane operators:
- Don’t attempt to lengthen wire rope or repair damaged wire rope.
- Don’t allow a welding electrode to be touched to the wire rope.
- Use your experience, knowledge and training to assess risks and follow procedures.
- Never operate a crane and hoist that’s damaged or has any actual or suspected mechanical or electrical problems.
- Don’t use the wire rope, any part of the crane, hoist, or the load block and hook as a ground for welding.
- Never remove or obscure warning labels on the crane or hoist.
- Don’t walk – or allow anyone else to – under a suspended load.
- Don’t perform any work on a suspended load that requires a worker to be positioned under the load.
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Tumwater, WA —A new hazard alert from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries outlines the roles, responsibilities and procedures of erecting and dismantling tower cranes.
Published in June, the alert is intended for tower crane owners, as well as contractors and their employees who use, erect and dismantle tower cranes. The two-page publication goes over planning and communication, as well as who can serve as an assembly/disassembly director – defined in the alert as “one who is competent and a qualified person, or a competent person assisted by one or more qualified people.”
According to OSHA standard 1926.32(m), a “qualified” person is “one who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated his ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project.”
Employers who make “good faith efforts” to document their evaluations of crane operators have an additional 60 days to comply with OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Extension, according to a Feb. 7 enforcement memorandum from the agency. Continue Reading»