Inexperience and lack training rears its ugly head yet again. An accident which occurred last June at a condominium project in East Harlem left two ironworkers injured when a crane fell several stories to street level. The investigation concluded that the workers involved in operating the crane had no formal training or qualifications to be working with the equipment on the project. The crane toppled over after being loaded with a glass panel that was estimated to have weighed 1800lbs, while the cranes configuration was only rated to have a lifting capacity of 880lbs. To read full article follow the link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/two-construction-managers-face-criminal-charges-in-east-harlem-crane-accident-1541723812
NEW: OSHA Proposes Rule to Ensure Crane Operators Are Qualified To Safely Operate Equipment. OSHA Trade Release (May 18, 2018). Crane Operator Certification Extension – Final Rule. OSHA delayed the enforcement date for crane operator certification by one year until November 10, 2018.
Some topics for consideration when working with mini crawler cranes:
• How much does the material weigh?
• Load chart interpretation
• Capacity of crane at the working radius.
• How and what kind of rigging is needed?
• Rigging clearly tagged and in good working condition?
• Are ground conditions adequate for crane set up?
• Outriggers fully extended?