Does it Come with a Parachute?
Ruthmann, a German-based company, brags they manufacture the world’s highest reach Aerial Lift with a distance of 328 feet. The Steiger TTS1000 is a Vehicle Mounted (trailer) Aerial Lift that is used to get personnel on tall things like wind turbines.
Reaching these kinds of elevations is possible by utilizing several features found on Telescoping Boom Cranes. The base is a telescoping boom with a telescoping luffing jib. There is a personnel basket attached to a short fixed length luffing jib. The telescoping luffing jib can be positioned in line with the telescoping boom for maximum reach. The short luffing jib can luff 180º to better position the personnel basket .
Genie and JLG are competing for the world’s highest reach Extensible (telescoping) Boom Aerial Lift at 185 feet so far. The big difference in height has to do with how the aerial lifts function. The Steiger is setup level on outriggers with a long span giving it a lot of resistance from turning over. In comparison, the Genie and JLG Industries have far less resistance to turning over because they are expected to travel around the job site and they are setup on tires.
Video Source: Ruthmann Steiger
Read more about the Steiger TTS1000 on enr.construction.com.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is in the process of completely overhauling its consensus standards for aerial lift platforms. Currently there are individual standard for Vehicle-Mounted, Manually-Propelled, Boom Supported, and Self-Propelled aerial lifts on inspection and maintenance. The proposed overhaul will consolidate these four separate standards into one. In addition, they are reorganizing the standard into three sections: design; operations and training; inspection and maintenance. It would appear that the A92.2 Vehicle-Mounted aerial lift standard will continue to stand alone.
Why is any of this important? Consensus standards are produced by committees of experts and are guidelines or recommended practices for aerial lift owners and users. However there are two ways they can become mandatory requirements.
1. OSHA incorporates them into their regulations making them enforceable like an OSHA Regulation.
2. OSHA invokes the General Duty Clause after an aerial lift accident to form the basis for a citation.
Currently, OSHA only has a regulation for Vehicle–Mounted aerial lifts and the ANSI A92.2 (1969) design and construction sections are incorporated into it.
To learn more, CIA offers courses in operation and inspection of all types of aerial lifts.
Read more about ANSI’s makeover.
In most cases, shortcuts are unsafe and not any more efficient. Shortcuts are more about not selecting the right equipment or improperly using the right equipment than they are about efficiency. Tools and equipment are designed for specific purpose, and equipment used for anything other than its intended purpose becomes dangerous.
Scissor lifts are intended to provide a safe platform for workers at a higher elevation. Standing on the mid-rail or the top rail, or working from a ladder stationed on a scaffolding platform is never safe.
A properly planned job will select a scissors lift with enough reach to do the job. Wood planked putlogs can safely be used to create a work platform deck for scaffolding, a walkway, or to bridge sections of scaffolding. Putlog end connections are curved to fit over the platform to secure it to a horizontal scaffolding tube, unlike the picture provided.
For more information on scaffolding and fall protection safety, check out our Scaffolding Safety Field Guide.
Crane Institute Announces Plans for New Programs
August 4, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.) — More than 15 Training Specialists for Crane Institute of America recently met at Crane Institute’s headquarters for Annual In-Service Training in order to provide the best possible customer experience. All Training Specialists are certified and qualified through Crane Institute of America. The training session includes refreshers on the latest equipment and changes to regulations.
The training meeting included a conference call with Crane Institute Certification’s (CIC) Executive Director, Debbie Dickinson, to learn more about OSHA’s proposed delay of crane operator certification requirements. CIC submitted viable solutions to OSHA with the intent to satisfy the agency’s concerns over employer responsibility to qualify workers. Subsequently, an industry coalition, including CIC, was formed to represent the interests of the crane industry.
In other news, Dickinson reported three states have or will adopt language requiring certification or licensing by crane type and size. These include California, Washington, and New York. Finally, she announced the launch of two new CIC certifications; Service Mechanics Truck and Lift Director.
New Programs and Resources
Crane Institute of America announced to its Training Specialists new programs currently in development. Two new training courses for people involved in crane management are set to be released in Fall 2014. The new Lift Director and Lift Planner courses are designed to prepare students for the CIC Lift Director Certification Exams. In addition, look for a course for Assembly/Disassembly Director in 2015.
Also new is a metric version of the handbook, Rigging, available for purchase on Crane Institute’s online store this September.
Crane Institute now has a public LinkedIn group, called Crane and Rigging, for those in the industry with related questions. Crane Institute Training Specialists offer a credible source...
Sidewalks are built for pedestrian traffic, not to support the weight of an aerial lift. The wheels of this aerial lift exert hundreds of pounds per square inch of weight on the ground beneath it.
This operator chose to operate the aerial lift on a sidewalk which also contains service covers. Obviously, these service covers are rated less than the sidewalk. The operator drove over the sidewalk cover causing it to crumble and ultimately triggering the toppling of this aerial lift.
The condition of the occupants of this aerial lift is unknown; however, the most common cause of fatalities in aerial lift accidents is turnover.
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2. Simulator Training – Learning load control in a non-hazardous environment
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Genie’s first rough-terrain, high-performance electric scissor lifts with an on-board integrated generator to charge its batteries has just been released. It has an expandable 69 inch platform, a 40 foot drive height, and a 1,500 lbs capacity.
The Genie BE scissor lift series features two operating modes for increased jobsite versatility. This selectable feature meets the needs of both outdoor jobsites with no onsite power, and indoor jobsites with sensitive noise and emission environments.
An impatient worker jumps the gun and accidentally rams his forklift into a shelving unit in a Russian Vodka warehouse. The shelving unit toppled onto him as well as another forklift in operation. As the shelving collapsed another shelf was hit and a domino effect echoed throughout the warehouse.
One of the forklift operators walked away from the incident unscathed, the other operator suffered a foot injury.
Crane Institute of America, Inc. not only conducts training in the U.S., but we travel all over the world and provide exceptional training! Our instructor Wendell Gray just returned from conducting Mobile Crane Operator and Inspector training in Trinidad. Carl Whitaker will be heading to Japan the first week of October to conduct Overhead Crane and Aerial Lift Inspector Training. Meanwhile, Tom Evers will be in Indonesia conducting Mobile Crane Operator, Rigger/Signalperson and Rigging Equipment Inspector Training.
Whether you are located in the U.S. or abroad, and wish to have Crane Institute of America, Inc. provide training to your employees at your facility, contact Marty Whittington for a price quote today!
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