Cranes & Derricks Require Care

(Excerpted from NAWIC Health and Safety Awareness Resource, January 2013)

Knoxville, TN – Jan 2, 2013 The incident took place around noon at the Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant near Fort Loudon Lake on Neyland Drive, where a major plant construction project has been underway for several months. The worker was an employee of W&O Construction Company and a KUB spokesperson said he had been performing construction at the site. Rural/Metro said he was transported as an emergency patient to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he later died.  “KUB employees send their thoughts and prayers to the W & O employee and his family,” the company said in a news release. W and O Construction Company and the Knoxville Fire Department had no comment on the accident.

Bronx, NY – Dec 9, 2012—A 38-year-old Filipino father of four was crushed to death when an industrial size air conditioning unit fell from a crane onto the sidewalk next to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Tuesday morning, the police said. Michael Tristan Mananghaya of Jersey City, N.J. was rushed to the hospital’s emergency room following the horrible incident on 173rd Street and Grand Concourse. Attempts to resuscitate him failed, according to the hospital. Police said the freak accident occurred at about 10:50 a.m. when a chain attached to the crane of a tractor trailer carrying the 40-foot-long A/C unit broke. Errol Schneer, a hospital spokesman, said that a private company was removing a temporary portable chiller unit for the winter when the unit struck Mananghaya, who was believed to be an employee of the company. He said the unit was being used during the summer months to supplement the hospital’s air conditioning.

If you are interested in learning about Crane Safety and OSHA Crane Rule 29CFR1926 Subpart CC relating to personnel certification requirements for Cranes and Derricks contact one of our members.  FAQs for the final rule cane be located at http://www.osha.gov/cranes-derricks/faq.html#finalrule.  Additionally, NCCCO.org  is chock full of information for all who are willing to sift through it including a handy flowchart (PDF) for training requirements.

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