Why “Voices From The Past”? Simply put, understanding the past helps us understand the present. That’s the reason for ‘voices from the past’, to give us some insight into how we got to where we are today. Take for example crane operator responsibilities and crane operator certification, both of which OSHA has recently addressed. What was said years ago on these two topics? To find out begin by reading the three part series titled “In Defense Of The Operator,” written by James Headley, Director of Crane Institute of America. Remember, there wasn’t much written back in the 1980’s regarding responsibilities. Next, read Headley’s article titled “Certification Needed More Than Ever”. This was written before there were any national crane operator certification programs. Then think about where crane and rigging is today and I think you will agree that our industry has come a long way.
Mobile Cranes Harbor High Accident Potential
Author:James Headley, February 1987
Today's mobile cranes are an engineering marvel. They enable construction and general industry to perform tasks that...In Defense of the Operator
Author:James Headley, December-January 1988
Continuing his series of articles examining the issue of mobile crane safety, James Headley of Crane Institute of America discusses the problem from the viewpoint of the operator...In Defense of the Operator: The Employer's Duty
Author:James Headley, February 1988
America has recently experienced several serious plane crashes resulting in numerous fatalities. In particular is the one occuring at...In Defense of the Operator: Spreading the Burden
Author:James Headley, March 1988
There is much confusion existing today amongst those involved in the various aspects of a crane operation. The role each person plays...Rigging: An Overlooked Area
Author:James Headley, May 1988
The art of rigging, that part of a lifting operation which forms the link between a crane and its load, is one of mans oldest skills. It has also...Mobile Crane Accidents Prevented with Trained, Qualified Operators
Author:James Headley, July 1988
Mobile cranes are potentially dangerous and in most cases harbor higher accident potential than any other equipment...Certification Needed More Than Ever
Author:James Headley, November 1990
The accident happened so suddenly! Without warning the crane just collapsed, sending the load crashing through the structure it was...A Question of Duty: Are Crane Operators Responsible for the Actions of Others?
Author:James Headley, July-August 1993
A recent lawsuit illustrated how common it still is for crane operators to be blamed for accidents, even when the accident...Safe in the Saddle: A Study in Electrocution
Author:John Chamberlin, January 2000
On March 1, 1997, a police officer was riding his horse through downtown Orlando, Fla., when the horse collapsed, dying of an apparent heart attack. The following Saturday...What's All the Fuss About
Author:James Headley, December 2012
Lately there's been a lot of chatter in the industry about OSHA requiring operators to be certified by type and capacity. This particular requirement was included in the new...OSHA, What Are You Thinking?
Author:James Headley, May 2013
Over the last several weeks, I've had the opportunity to participate in discussions with OSHA over ongoing questions surrounding the Cranes & Derricks regulation. In March the...