Cranes: A Deadly Hazard on NC Worksites

Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) scheduled two informal stakeholder meetings to talk about certifications among crane operators. They’re focusing on the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.
Officials want to help ensure that these operators get properly trained in order to help to reduce the risks of on-the-job accidents. But they need to know how far to take this certification. Officials with OSHA are working on making sure that each type of crane is used properly and the risks are kept at a minimum. Certification and inspection can save lives on construction sites.

Our Greensboro workers’ compensation attorneys understand that the current requirements are part of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction set back in August of 2009. Officials are checking to make sure that these standards are adequate. They’re expecting the new certification requirements to be set in stone by November of 2014. Secondly, the new standard is going to require that certifications be issued by an accredited testing organization and that they specify the “capacity and type” of cranes the operator is certified to operate.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, companies and employers are required to provide a healthful and safe environment for their workers. OSHA works to enforce these standards and these safe conditions.

For more information on these stakeholder meetings, visit the OSHA website.

Unfortunately, crane-related injuries continue to be among some of the most common injuries suffer on job sites across America. These accidents can cause a significant number of damage in a widespread area alongside serious, and even fatal, injuries. According to officials with OSHA, there are about 200,000 cranes operating in the U.S. today. Many of these cranes are operated by skillful and properly trained worker, but there are those exceptions. With so many in operation today, the risks for accidents have skyrocketed. That’s why it’s so critical for workers to be trained and safe to reduce the likelihood of on-the-job injury as a result of crane accidents.

OSHA officials report that the most common kinds of injury and death from crane accidents is electrocution. Only a portion of the crane has to touch a power line for it to turn in to a ginormous electric char. Falls are also a common cause of these accidents. A good number of these falls are the result of poorly fastened floor access panels and safety harness malfunctions. And don’t forget tipping, which accounts for about 75 percent of crane accidents.

By properly inspecting cranes and making sure that they’re in good operation, we can work do reduce a good number of these kinds of accidents. The most recent statistics show that close to 90 percent of the cranes in the country are not certified. It’s time we change this and it’s time we work to protect our construction workers.

If you have been injured at work in North Carolina, contact the Lee Law Offices at 800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

North Carolina Workplace Injuries Must Be Tracked By Employer, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, February 28, 2013

Overexertion Leads to Work Injuries in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, February 26, 2013

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