What do you think about the measures OSHA has taken to combat Crane Accidents? Use the poll below to give your opinion.
Yesterday OSHA responded to the many highly publicized crane accidents by implementing a Regional Emphasis Program on Crane Safety Standards. Under this program, construction sites who use cranes are subject to inspection with regards to :
- Being struck by objects
- Crane tip-over
- Being caught in or between machinery
According to Regional Administrator Dean McDaniel,
“Past inspection evidence indicates these hazards are the leading causes of accidents where cranes are used in the construction industry. This Regional Emphasis Program (REP) was established as an enforcement initiative for the inspection of cranes used in construction, with the goal of preventing serious and fatal injuries to employees working on and around cranes,”
OSHA’s General Crane Safety requirements (29 C.F.R. 1926.550) dictate that cranes must be inspected prior to each and every use, as well as many other requirements ranging from strict adherence to manufacturer specifications, to wire safety, to pre-operation safety meetings.
The Regional Emphasis Program applies to construction sites with cranes in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and select sites in New Mexico.
So it’s time to sound off! What do you think about the measures OSHA has taken to combat Crane Accidents?
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