NIOSH issued this alert in July 1985
“Contact between cranes and overhead power lines is a major cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States.
Based upon an analysis by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the data from the Supplementary Data System of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 2,300 lost workday occupational injuries in the United States in 1981 which resulted from contact with electrical current by crane booms, cables, or loads. These 2,300 injuries were extremely severe, resulting in 115 fatalities and 200 permanent total disabilities. Comparable statistics obtained in studies conducted by the National Safety Council from 1965 to 1976 produced an estimated annual average of 150 fatalities resulting from such incidents.
NIOSH believes that this type of event is the most common cause of fatalities associated with mobile crane operations and is responsible for approximately 1.5% of all fatal work-related injuries each year.”
The images on the right demonstrates what can happen when a crane comes in contact with overhead power lines.
Whether it’s in a fabrication shop or a high-rise building project we can’t help but notice the presence of cranes. These lifting machines come in many shapes and sizes; their safe operation is no accident. Manufacturers have taken great care to make sure that crane operators have control systems that provide safe, sure movements and lifting actions but without proper crane operator training no amount of control systems will prevent an accident.
All those familiar with crane operations know that heavy equipment training with a focus on crane training is necessary for all crane operators. Heavy equipment training can provide operators with the skills and knowledge necessary for safe crane operation.
Cranes are very complex machines that require the effort of many people in order to be safely and properly operated. Just some issues a crane operator and his/her ground crew need to be very familiar with can include:
A complete crane operator training course would provide crane training that includes safety, basic maintenance and basic operation procedures. All worthwhile heavy equipment training programs provide information and training that lead to safe, productive operation of equipment. Lives can be saved, injury to workers can be avoided and damage to equipment and facilities can be limited if operators receive heavy equipment training.
Crane training should be of interest for all crane operators including the new operator as well as the experienced. We all face the challenge of providing the training and environment where heavy equipment safety conditions exist. This process is an ongoing one that involves the support of employers and employees. Heavy equipment safety does not happen by accident; it is the end result of a serious commitment to basic principles of safety and operation, the focus of quality heavy equipment training.
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Crane Operators Must Always Remember: