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.
When synthetic round slings were introduced, the big concern was how to determine if fibers, hidden by the protective jacket, were broken.
At first, many companies and government agencies banned them because the fibers could not be inspected. However, the jacket around the sling has always been made to fit loose. When it became tight or load baring, most likely internal fibers had broken.
Because of the continued resistance of buyers, manufacturers began installing external indicators of fiber failure. One method uses a large fiber that sticks out through the jacket seam. When the fiber isn’t visible, it indicates that too many fibers have broken. Another method is to include a fiber optic thread among the fibers. If a light beam cannot be seen through the fiber, it indicates that the fiber optic cord as well as other fibers have broken.
Our Rigging Equipment Inspector training program includes inspection of synthetic rope slings.
For more information on inspecting synthetic slings, check out SLINGMAX Rigging Solutions.
The new president of Terex Cranes, Tim Ford, was a speaker at the World Crane & Transport Summit 2013 held in Amsterdam on October 29-30, 2013. Ford addressed issues that the crane industry faces not only in the United States, but globally as well. In his speech, he mentions that safety needs to be priority number one and would require a “change in thinking, change in practices, and a change in expectations.” Watch Ford’s entire speech here.
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Crane Institute of America supports National Safety Month. National Safety Month is an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
One of the first steps in safety is training and Crane Institute of America provides industry-leading programs which focus on safe operating, inspecting and rigging procedures and techniques on different types of equipment. Educating personnel is the most effective way to maintain a safe job site.
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