Summer is coming. That’s what we keep telling ourselves here in the Rockies. The weather doesn’t reflect it, but construction work is ramping up here and across the nation. With that in mind, it is a great time for some safety reminders. Today, we will discuss some tips that will keep you safe while working [...]
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Cranes are a familiar sight in Seattle. There are over 30 operating in the Northwest city at the moment. They are a symbol of growth and prosperity. They are also highly hazardous to work with and around. It has been over two weeks since a crane collapsed in Seattle, killing four people and injuring three [...]
Tragedy in Pennsylvania-Workplace Accident On April 23, a woman in Pennsylvania fell into a meat grinder while working at a food processing factory. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased. While we do not yet know the details of what happened, we feel we should discuss the importance of machine [...]
Forklift Certification Requirements Forklift certification can be the first step toward your future. The e-commerce boom has increased the need for warehouse working, including forklift drivers. With this in mind, you may be thinking about becoming one of these in-demand workers. Before you can do that, you need to become forklift certified. You're [...]
This is the time of year when people’s minds turn to getting out, shaking off winter, and exploring the new season in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, humans aren’t the only ones with spring fever. Bears are waking from their hibernation and venturing out into the wild in search of food. It is important for us [...]
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has recently released updated its standards for all aerial lifts, including boom and scissor lifts. Then new ANSI A92 will apply to all owners, operators, users, dealers, and manufacturers. While the new standard covers several items, there are two, in particular, we wish to discuss today. New Classifications First, [...]
What Happened Aerial lifts are notorious for horrific accidents. Managing certain details prevents aerial lift accidents, but this is often set aside. Just recently, a double-death case was discussed in which two workers fell 70 feet to their deaths. The aerial lift was set up on a slope, where it tipped. Other factors were involved [...]
Accident Profile Looking at a real-life scenario gone wrong offers perspective on the severity of missing details. In this particular crane rigging accident profile, everything was entirely preventable. If the proper training, appropriate pre-shift checks, and other maintenance were performed regularly, this accident would not have happened. Following the standards confirms safety. What Happened Employee [...]
In the news, a crane was lifting steel beams when the rigging failed, dropping a beam onto two workers below. One of the workers was critically injured, while the other died of his wounds. While it's easy to point fingers, the operator, rigger, and workers might have all avoided rigging failure by following safety protocols. [...]
Crane Standards Updates This month, OSHA published updates to its crane standards, clarifying operator certification requirements and employer responsibilities. In the Nov. 9, 2018 publication of the “Federal Register,” OSHA changed the requirement for crane operator certification from “type and capacity” to “type or type and capacity.” This removes some regulatory burdens from employers, as [...]