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Letter from the President – 8/4/14

Just because you asked…..

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, a large number of fatal occupational injuries were related to cranes, derricks, hoists, and hoisting accessories. In OSHA’s analysis of crane accidents in general industry and construction, they identified an average of 71 fatalities each year. OSHA’s analysis also identified the major causes of crane accidents to include: boom or crane contact with energized power lines (nearly 45% of the cases), under the hook lifting device, overturned cranes, dropped loads, boom collapse, crushing by the counter weight, improper outrigger use, falls, and rigging failures. While there is a lack of adequate worker exposure data to calculate the risk of death for the entire population exposed, the risk of death among crane operators alone is staggering. However, underreporting of crane-related injuries and fatalities, due to misclassification and a host of other factors, masks the true magnitude of the problem.

Some cranes are not maintained properly nor inspected regularly to ensure safe operation. Crane operators often do not have the necessary qualifications to operate each piece of equipment safely, and the operator qualifications required in the existing regulations may not provide adequate guidance to employers. The issues of crane inspection/certification and crane operator qualifications and certification need to be addressed in all industry standards.

Total Equipment Training is resolute in providing safety training that is above and beyond the standard for OSHA, ANSI and ASME for all heavy equipment operators. It is our goal to reduce the number of accidents, especially fatalities, from a lack of proper safety training. With crane operators being at such high risk for injury, it is imperative that they receive first-class training like that provided by Total Equipment Training.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,


About Barb

Barbara Fullman, CEO of Total Equipment Training.