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avoiding rigging mistakes

Avoiding common crane rigging mistakes

Did you see the recent “viral” video of a construction worker hanging precariously by his hand from the end of a crane block on a Toronto jobsite? According to reports, the man, a rigger with PCL Constructors Canada Inc., became entangled with the crane’s tagline after securing a load (which was suspended above him.) The good news…

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Work at height and PFPE? What is required?

When operating self-propelled and trailer-mounted booms, some situations require personal fall protection equipment (PFPE) to reduce the probability of operator ejection or catapult from the platform. But what about scissor lifts? It’s been a topic of discussion for decades, but little has changed over the years: there isn’t a standard approach or consistent answer about wearing PFPE on a…

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crane training

Crane training in the wake of OSHA’s new rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published its much-anticipated Compliance Directive for the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard (29 CFR Part 1926 Subpart CC) (dated February 11, 2022.) The new compliance directive CPL 02-01-063 for cranes and replaces the 2014 compliance directive CPL 02-01-057 and addresses 2018’s changes in the crane rule that OSHA made. Moving…

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National safety month

June is National Safety Month!

June 1 kicks off the National Safety Council’s (NSC) annual National Safety Month, in which individuals and organizations are asked to make efforts toward reducing unintentional injury and death at work and at home. Despite safety and health training evolving and becoming more widely available, the construction industry continues to struggle with injuries and fatalities. In 2020, more…

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Reducing crane accidents and tip overs

Safety on a jobsite should always be a top priority, especially when hoisting heavy materials. Lifting and placing loads requires precision and attention to detail – and no one knows that better than crane operators. If you think the main objective of getting materials from point A to point B is an easy task, think…

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How to conduct a Safety Stand-Down

OSHA’s annual Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will kick off on May 2. The yearly event held each Spring is intended to prevent fall-related deaths and injuries by raising awareness of jobsite hazards. It runs through May 6. Whether you’ve conducted 10 Stand-Downs or are trying to plan your first, here’s all the…

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heavy equipment training

The latest in heavy equipment training

Having properly trained operators is a key part of ensuring safety on jobsites, and for those in the field, obtaining heavy equipment certification is becoming easier due in part to technology’s role. Chris Hines, head of Mammoet’s people development and recruitment, and Wilfred de Boer, senior SPMT supervisor at Mammoet, say the biggest trends in heavy equipment training today…

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forklift training

The robots are coming?

With the pool of available labor continues to become tighter and tighter, finding skilled and properly trained forklift operators is becoming increasingly difficult – especially for those in warehousing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS,) the employment of material moving machine operators (aka forklift operators) is projected to grow 7% from 2020 to 2030, with 84,300 openings…

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