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Residential By William “Hank” Dutton massive crane collapses was already wellknown to construction executives. Not reflected in the rules, however, is a lesser-known best practice that can dramatically improve the safe operation of cranes at work sites. Risk management advisors have long recognized that having managers who are also trained in crane operations is a key element in reducing accidents stemming from unsafe operating procedures. In today’s cost-constrained environment, construction companies can help prevent accidents and give themselves a competitive edge by adopting a strong crane safety program that goes beyond the OSHA requirements and establishes an accountability component. Industry associations are one source for safety program information. In addition, the best insurance agents and carriers provide risk control services that include guidance and/or training in best practices. Making a Case In the preamble to the extensive regulations covering construction crane operation, OSHA built a strong case for taking greater precautions when cranes are used on construction projects. The federal agency estimated that unsafe crane operation led to an average of 89 fatalities annually, and the regulations were crafted around the common causes of these and other accidents. Among the examples cited by OSHA were: • A 2003 accident that left three dead when a crane’s elevated boom contacted a 7,200 volt wire 31 feet above the ground. The operator was killed when he stepped from the cab to the ground, and two workers were killed while attempting to revive him. OSHA noted 39 percent of crane accident fatalities over a 10-year period were from electrocution. • The 2004 collapse of a launching gantry that killed four and injured four because the legs were not properly anchored. Crane assembly and disassembly accidents accounted for 12 percent of fatalities in the past. • A 2005 accident that killed two and injured one when a crane tipped over as it was lifting three steel beams. The cause was believed to be overloading, which accounted for 4 percent of fatalities over 10 years. The regulations, which address these and other situations, are expect- Staying Safe in the Sky W 66 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2012 hen the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued crane safety regulations in 2010, most construction companies were already moving voluntarily to a standard of using operators who had completed specialized training. The danger that results when a http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2012
Best Practices
Construction Insurance
JC Beal Construction – Brod - erick Tower redevelopment
Harden Group
Pyramid Companies – Destiny USA
EllisDon – Yorkdale Shopping Center
HBD – Dierbags
Marous Brothers Construction
Roy Anderson Corp. – Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant
Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC – Lorton Workhouse Arts Center
Penn Builders Inc.
Turner Finch Construction – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Bouygues-Bird Joint Venture – Royal Canadian Mounted Police E Division Headquarters
Camden County Improvement Authority: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. – City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters
Kjellstrom + Lee Inc. – UVA Barry & Bill Battle Building
Hensel Phelps – High-altitude Army Aviation Training Site
Texas A&M University – Northside Residence Hall
Milton J. Womack Inc./JE Dunn JV – Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Tower and Trauma Center Expansion
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – Avalon Park Crest
Powell Construction Services LLC
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – AVA H Street
Buckingham Companies
Fortune-Johnson General Contractors
Current Builders – The Residences at Lakehouse
Forino Co.
Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC
Black Hills Corp. – Pueblo Airport Generation Station
URS Corp./Alberici Constructors Inc. – Olmsted Dam Project
APEX Block Corp.
BMW Constructors Inc.
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