Deadliest States for Workers
The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2012 (Preliminary Results), provides information about worker fatalities. The overall number of reported worker fatalities decreased from 4,693 in 2011 to 4,383 in 2012. The three states with the ... Read More
How to Inspect Synthetic Hoist Rope
When it comes to inspecting hoist rope, there is an abundance of information, in print and online, to help assist an inspector with wire rope. Samson's announcement in early March regarding the first mobile crane manufactured by Manitowoc with synthe... Read More
Fall Prevention Week Stand-Down
Stand-Down for Fall Prevention - OSHA is asking you to do your part. What activity are you doing that will make your employees more aware of fall hazards?
Falls cause the largest number of injuries and fatalities in construction. A larger numbe... Read More
There is a Crane in my Neighborhood - Run for Cover!
Run for cover! There is a crane in my neighborhood setting roof trusses.
Seriously, there are dozens of crane accidents on YouTube. It seems as if most cranes end up on the roof of the house they were meant to build or reach over.
I think, there ar... Read More
Operator Protection from Heat Illness
OSHA is Campaigning to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
Heat Illness can affect anyone working outside. This includes crane operators, riggers, signalpersons, inspectors, and supervisors. You do not have to exert much energy to become dehydra... Read More
Cranes Make Moon Walk Possible
Sophisticated tools, including cranes, helped make Astronaut Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon a reality some 45 years ago. Through hard work, dedication, and ingenuity space flight stepped out of science fiction novels and improved building strategi... Read More
A Crane of Mammoth Proportions
One of our instructors, Randy Bucher, recently got the honor of sitting in Bigge's 125D, an A-Frame Derrick crane with 1,520 ton capacity.
This derrick crane has a stationary counterweight of 5,600 tons. The crane runs on a track around the counterw... Read More
Forklift Needs a Lift
“We have always done it that way, and have never had a problem.”
Have you ever heard that excuse? Have you ever used that excuse yourself?
Like all unsafe shortcuts, others may look the other way or even applaud your resourcefulness if ... Read More
Hoisting Personnel with Cranes
Cranes have always been used to get construction personnel into hard to reach places.
Before OSHA, a worker riding the crane's hook was common, this is still true in some places today. Until the mid-1980's, hoisting personnel with a crane was o... Read More