The thought of an OSHA Compliance Office visiting a construction site may make some cringe.
OSHA released a ‘directive for enforcing requirements of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.’ The purpose of the directive is to give OSHA personnel a basis on how to conduct their inspections at construction sites when equipment covered by Subpart CC are present.
The items outlined below are just the minimum a Compliance Office follows during their inspection. The officer can include items in the inspection from other applicable requirements if the reason for the inspection is a fatality, compliant/referral inspection, or if a hazardous condition is present.
- Are ground conditions adequate, including support/foundation, matting, cribbing, blocking, etc?
- Is there visibly apparent need for repairs of equipment?
- Are nearby power lines energized; what is the voltage; what is the crane’s working area; and what are the encroachment prevention procedures?
- Is a signal person used and do they have documentation of qualification, electronic or physical?
- Is the qualified signal person the one communicating with the operator?
- Are lift plans being followed, if used?
- If hoisting personnel, who determined it was necessary?
- Are meetings being conducting for working near power lines, A/D work or hoisting?
- Is all available rigging equipment compliant?
- Are load charts and OEM manual’s available for the specific equipment used?
- Is the operator qualified, trained and competent?
- Are equipment and wire rope inspections being conducted; by whom; and are they qualified?
- Are safety devices and operational aids functioning?
- Are there any visual deficiencies of hoisting equipment, components and load line?
- How is weight of load determined?
- Are qualified riggers being used for A/D work and when in the fall zone?
- Who is the A/D Director and are they present?
- Are oilers and mechanics qualified; are they communicating with the operator; and are...
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...
May 27, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)—Crane Institute of America announces the release of the first cards in the new Ready Reference Series. The laminated, pocket-sized cards cover topics that are useful for lift directors and crane and rigging inspectors, as well as others with responsibility for overseeing crane activities on the job site.
The first three cards in the Ready Reference Series feature Wire Rope Inspection, Crane Setup, and Working Around Power Lines.
“Both ASME B30.5 and OSHA 1926 Subpart CC for Cranes and Derricks in Construction discuss the job site responsibilities for controlling entities, site supervisors, lift directors, assembly/disassembly directors, crane owners, and others. The Ready Reference Cards are designed to provide these individuals with technical and safety guidelines that are reflection of industry standards and regulations,” said Jim Headley, President and CEO of Crane Institute of America.
The Wire Rope Inspection card makes it easy for inspectors to determine when the wire rope must be removed from service. The card lists wire rope sizes from 3/8” to 1-3/4” (10 mm to 45 mm on back) and the minimum diameter allowed in both fractions and decimals – taking the math out of the inspection.
Crane Setup addresses site preparation, one of the most important aspect of crane operation and explains who is responsible for ensuring the ground will support the crane and loads lifted. Additional information is provided on positioning the crane, maintaining clearances with power lines, and avoiding potentially unstable ground.
Working Around Power Lines summarizes key information about the clearances required when working near or driving under power lines, how and when to use signalpersons. It also includes reminders about how operators and other personnel are to respond in case of contact with live lines.
Future Ready Reference cards will cover Assembly/Disassembly and other topics for individuals...