A crane operator is in an intensive-care hospital unit after receiving an electric shock, when the boom of his crane contacted overhead power lines in Toronto, Canada yesterday.
The man, said to be in his 30s, sustained second-degree burns to his arms but his injuries are not life-threatening.
I am not a crane operator but I do work for a major crane operation in British Columbia, Canada and its most important program is SAFETY. All employees, even our executives and operators regardless of the amount of time they have behind the sticks are included in a Training Day that cover all aspects of a work site that covers potential hazards. A team lead by our director of Health, Safety and Environment, create job sites where as many as possible hazards are recreated and it is up to us to identify these hazard and implement the necessary equipment or tools to eliminate or indicate the hazard. A Field Level Hazard Assessment is the most important form on any job site and all workers associated with the task must participate and sign the form prior to commencing work and an accident such as this in all likelihood might not have happened.
Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility