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February 21, 2014

Safety Tip: 10 Steps to Safer Crane Operation

Do not operate this crane unless you have been trained...In November 2010, OSHA issued a new crane safety standard. Along with the new standard is a certification process that will be fully implemented in 2017. It calls for crane operators and those working around cranes (such as the people making signals) to pass a written test and practical test of their skills.

Use these tips, adapted from an article by Safety Management Group to help ensure safer crane operation on your worksites:

1. Use a certified operator. Even though operator certification is not yet required, safety-conscious contractors and owners would be wise to use identical standards on their jobsites immediately. Riggers also should be properly trained on setting the crane up for the specific load and circumstances.

Certified Crane Operator
2. Inspect, inspect and inspect. Annual inspections are not enough. Check operating functions daily to ensure everything is working properly and there are no defects or cracks in the support members. Today’s cranes use materials that are less tolerant of mishandling. Longtime operators are often surprised to discover that the tricks they used to push cranes beyond the limits in the past can easily create very dangerous situations with newer cranes.

February 11, 2014

New PPE Standard Released by ANSI and ISEA

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A breaking news story from EHS Today states that a new PPE standard released by ANSI and ISEA is designed to provide a standardized conformity assessment system that can be used by suppliers, specifiers, users and regulators. As a stand-alone document, it can be applied as a uniform reference across a range of product categories. Previously, only respiratory protection was subject to a conformity assessment through NIOSH. 

According to the foreword of the final standard, obtained exclusively by EHS Today, it is intended as a resource that can be referenced by end-user purchasers of products, who may include compliance to this standard as a requirement of a purchase contract with a supplier; by regulatory authorities having jurisdiction over workplace safety and health, or by product standard development committees to define their conformity assessment requirements for a particular product performance standard.