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Articles – Voices from the Past

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.

 

Icon of Mobile Cranes Harbor High Accident Potential 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...

Icon of In Defense of the Operator 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...

Icon of In Defense of the Operator: The Employer's Duty 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...

Icon of In Defense of the Operator: Spreading the Burden 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...

Icon of Rigging: An Overlooked Area 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...

Icon of Mobile Crane Accidents Prevented with Trained, Qualified Operators 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...

Icon of Certification Needed More Than Ever 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...

Icon of A Question of Duty: Are Crane Operators Responsible for the Actions of Others? 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...

Icon of Safe in the Saddle: A Study in Electrocution 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...

Icon of What's All the Fuss About 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...

Icon of OSHA, What Are You Thinking? 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...