UK fatalities continue to fall
Fri, 31/10/14 – 8:43 | No Comment

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released figures which show the number of people that sustained fatal injuries whilst at work in Britain has fallen for the second consecutive year.

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Coalition Wants OSHA to Revise Operator Certification Requirements
Fri, 31/10/14 – 8:58 | No Comment

CCOSTen construction industry organizations today launched the Coalition for Crane Operator Safety (CCOS), a group dedicated to the swift revision and finalization of the crane operator certification requirements within the OSHA Cranes & Derricks in Construction rule. CCOS is working to ensure that operator certification requirements in the rule are amended and finalized in a way that provides the highest degree of safety for the construction industry and the public.

CCOS, whose membership includes labor, management, equipment manufacturing, insurance underwriters and accredited certification organizations, is specifically calling for OSHA to rescind the crane capacity certification requirement, as well as a provision that essentially equates employer certification with qualification.

OSHA’s final requirements, published in 2010, contained these two provisions, which the industry argues are counterproductive and a misinterpretation of the intent of OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks Advisory Committee (C-DAC), a group of 23 construction industry leaders commissioned by OSHA to develop a consensus document that formed the basis of the rule.

“The uncertainty and delay around the new crane operator certification requirements jeopardizes the safety of construction workers and the general public,” said James T. Callahan, general president of the IUOE, a member of CCOS. “It’s essential that OSHA gets it right, but we believe they can revise, correct, and re-issue the new certification regulation well ahead of the November 2017 extension date.”

Since all but one of the 42 sections in the 2010 rule have been agreed upon and enacted, the industry is now waiting on OSHA to correct the two ineffectual provisions and present clear and effective certification requirements.

“Our primary issue with OSHA’s position on these matters is that it ignores the intent of C-DAC while adopting a literal interpretation of the language of the rule which, in some cases, was inserted by OSHA after C-DAC had completed and submitted its draft document,” said Bill Smith, executive vice president of NationsBuilders Insurance Services, Inc., CCOS member, and former C-DAC representative. “For the record, it was never the intent of C-DAC that crane operator certification should be according to the capacity of the crane, nor was it ever the intent of C-DAC to imply that crane operator certification was equal to qualification.”

Requiring certified crane operators to be retested on a higher-capacity crane of the same type does not advance safety and imposes tremendous financial burdens on employers and individual crane operators. This means that an operator certified to operate a 100-ton crane would not be permitted to operate a 200-ton crane of the same type, despite wide consensus in the industry that certification based on capacity is unnecessary and burdensome.

“Adjudicating operator certification requirements based on capacity would add significant new complexity for employers and their employees without yielding any discernible improvement in safety,” said Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the AGC, also a CCOS member. “As significant, no national safety study has found any additional safety benefits beyond certification by type, and OSHA has not analyzed the costs, benefits or other consequences of certification by capacity.”

OSHA’s new “deemed-qualified” provision—the second provision included in the agency’s 2010 certification requirements that has surprised CCOS members and the construction industry at large—eliminates the employer’s duty to train and qualify operators, which has existed since the passage of the OSH Act in 1970.

“On the issue of certification equaling qualification, all organizations, companies, unions, and interested parties agree that simply having certification does not automatically qualify an operator for any piece of equipment­­­,” said Joel Dandrea, executive vice president of SC&RA, a member of CCOS. “Together, we are calling upon OSHA to fix and finalize the crane operator certification requirements, and we intend to work with both the Administration and Congress to make this happen.”

The Coalition for Crane Operator Safety (CCOS) is a group of national labor, construction management, equipment manufacturers, insurance underwriters, and accredited certification organizations dedicated to ensuring swift and effective resolution of the long-awaited OSHA Crane Operator Certification Standard. In addition to NationsBuilders, AGC, SC&RA, and IUOE, members include the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED); Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM); International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union; National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), and the Operating Engineers Certification Program (OECP).

Author;  Coalition for Crane Operator Safety (CCOS)

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http://www.cranehotline.com/articles/6995/coalition-wants-osha-to-revise-operator-certification-requirements/

Mountain climbing crawler
Mon, 27/10/14 – 8:33 | No Comment
Mountain climbing crawler

Swiss rental company Clausen Kran has driven its new 60 tonne Liebherr LTR 1060 telescopic crawler crane to the top of an Alpine mountain to work on the one of the highest railway tunnels in the Alps.

What Can a Crane Pick Up?
Fri, 24/10/14 – 8:29 | No Comment
What Can a Crane Pick Up?

We came across this short promotional video for a children’s book on cranes. It is so charming we felt it ought to go into the video library.

Tower crane compromised
Wed, 22/10/14 – 8:14 | No Comment
Tower crane compromised

Around 100 people were evacuated from their homes yesterday in the Evere suburb of Brussels, Belgium, after the foundation of a newly erected tower crane was seriously compromised.

New Tier 4 Hitachi
Tue, 21/10/14 – 11:16 | No Comment
New Tier 4 Hitachi

Hitachi Sumitomo is preparing to launch its new 80 tonne SCX800A-3 crawler crane, with a low emissions Tier IV power unit. The first two units destined for Europe have been ordered by NRC Plant – Hitachi Sumitomo’s distributor for the UK.

Crane tip in New Zealand.
Tue, 14/10/14 – 8:19 | No Comment
Crane tip in New Zealand.

An overturned mobile crane closed down a construction site this morning in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Bridge build for Sennebogen
Thu, 9/10/14 – 9:18 | No Comment
Bridge build for Sennebogen

Russian construction company BaltMostStroy used its Sennebogen 7700 crawler crane to help build an 800 metre bridge in Russia.

Tower death wish
Fri, 3/10/14 – 8:06 | No Comment
Tower death wish

Spotted earlier this week in Kickburton, near Huddersfield, two builders with a scaffold tower arrangement that completely ignores any safety measures.

Contractor faces $168,000 fine
Thu, 25/09/14 – 8:02 | No Comment
Contractor faces $168,000 fine

Boston based electrical contractor Mass Bay Electrical Corporation is facing a $168,000 fine following the fatal overturn of a truck crane.

Floating forward
Fri, 12/09/14 – 9:53 | No Comment
Floating forward

The use of floating cranes, automation technology and heavy lift cranes that can turn any port into a heavy lift port are having a major impact on the way that dockside lifting is being carried out.

All terrains ready for the world
Thu, 11/09/14 – 8:37 | No Comment
All terrains ready for the world

Different requirements around the world are influencing the design of all terrain cranes.