Crane Institute of America

Training Round-up: The Biggest Issue in Crane Safety

This year American Cranes & Transport’s (ACT) annual roundtable on safety and training included thought from Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director, Crane Institute Certification (CIC). ACT posed the questions and Dickinson and two other ‘industry gurus’ provided answers.

ACT: What do you see as the biggest issue in crane safety?

Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director, Crane Institute Certification

Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director, Crane Institute Certification

Dickinson: There are several contenders for “big issue.” One is the surprising amount of misinformation circulated about OSHA requirements, which hampers contractor’s understanding of the steps they need to qualify and document workers. Another is the ongoing conundrum to complete jobs on or ahead of schedule as a priority that too often trumps safety. The third might be the gap between competence and requirements to do particular tasks. Due to ups and downs in the economy, training, certification and on-the-job experience may be outdated, or at least stale. For every job, employers and supervisors need to make sure that personnel have the knowledge, skills and ability to work safely, as well as efficiently.

Courtesy of American Cranes & Transport, 2014.
January 2014, Volume 10, Issue 1.