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Crane-related accidents are often serious, due to the cumbersome and heavy loads that are lifted. A small miscalculation, or a brief moment of inattention, and disaster could strike. Once a load falls not much can be done to stop it, and there is little time for people to safely move out of the way. A coworker could be injured, or expensive equipment could be damaged or destroyed... including the crane itself.
OSHA has been so concerned about crane safety that they revised their crane safety regulations to make them even more stringent. It is estimated that over 90 percent of crane-related accidents are caused by human error. So it is very important for employees to learn how to work with cranes safely. They need to know that with the proper preparation, equipment and attitude, costly accidents and injuries can be avoided.
This program provides employees with a basic understanding of how to work with cranes safely on construction sites. Topics include changes in the OSHA crane regulations, general and occupational safety devices, crane inspection and set up, rigging loads, standard hand signals and lifting, traveling and landing loads safely.