According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, also known as CPWR, about 26 workers die every year using aerial lifts, reports Safety+Health. The main causes of these accidents are electrocution, falls and tip-overs or getting stuck between the bucket, or guardrail and an object. Meanwhile, ANSI A92.20 from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and CSA B354.6 from the CSA Group, formerly Canadian Standards Association, are working to raise the standard of training for using aerial lifts. According to a report by Rental Management, the new standards will make rental stores train and prepare their customer service staff on how to help customers select the appropriate machine needed for a job. Technical maintenance staff will be trained on the new features of the machines as well as the new calibration procedures to make the transition to new equipment as easy as possible.
OSHA has published the final rule clarifying certification requirements for crane operators, which becomes effective on December 9, 2018. Operators can be certified either by type of crane and capacity of crane, or by type of crane only. This revision of a 2010 requirement, which was effective Nov. 10, 2018, ensures more accredited testing organizations are eligible to meet OSHA’s certification program requirements, according to an announcement released by the agency.
About 100 golfers participated in the annual Education Fundraiser Golf Tournament, held Oct. 19 in Raleigh, N.C.
Metal deck installation is one of the most hazardous tasks that ironworkers face during the structural steel erection process. The first step in the decking process is the hoisting and landing of the deck bundles on the floors or roof. During this first step if the deck bundle is not properly landed on the framing or the deck bundle is not tightly nested from the plant (imagine an unshuffled deck of cards) it can cause a falling hazard.