Crane and derrick compliance a critical work-safety issue in North Carolina

The construction industry now has a compliance guide to help small businesses with the new rule regarding how to operate cranes and derricks. Our North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys understand that these rules originated because there are too many injuries and fatalities occurring at construction sites operating derricks and cranes.

The Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks as set forth by the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration spells out how to comply with the new rules, published in August 2010.
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“Over the past four decades, we’ve continued to see a significant number of worker injuries and deaths from electrocution, crushed-by and struck-by hazards while performing cranes and derricks operations,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “This guide will help employers understand what they must do to protect their workers from these dangerous, sometimes fatal incidents.”

The new guide is broken into chapters in correspondence to the new standards set forth by OSHA. Other tools that can be utilized on crane-related topics include a Webinar, Web chat transcript, PowerPoint display, fact sheets and frequently asked questions which are located on the agency’s website.

The Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule replaces the original standard set in 1971. The new rule addresses advances in equipment technology, as well as the number of deaths associated with cranes and derricks in the work place.

The following are key points that pertain to the newly revised rule:

-It is expected that the new standard will prevent approximately 20 deaths and 175 injuries each year at constructions sites using cranes and derricks.

-Employers must comply with local and state licensing requirements for operators.

-Operators must be trained and certified at the expense of their employer.

-Written tests for certification can be administered in any language that suits the operator taking the exam.

-Tower cranes must have a pre-erection inspection completed by the employer.

-A qualified rigger for rigging operations during assembly/disassembly must be utilized by the employer.

Cranes Today Magazine reported that ALL Crane hire company offered a training session in response the new OSHA standards. There were 70 employees in attendance which included crane operators, mechanics, shop personnel and maintenance workers. Those in attendance were trained on how to perform rigging equipment tests and how to rig a crane safely.

Contact the North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys in Greensboro, Asheville, and Winston-Salem if you have been injured on the job. The Law Offices of Lee & Smith are dedicated to fight for the rights of personal injury victims, so call for a free and confidential appointment at 1-800-887-1965.

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