Crane Safety

AGC of America Activities and Resources
Related to Crane Safety

Crane Summit

The Associated General Contractors, McGraw Hill Construction's Engineering News–Record, and the International Union of Operating Engineers co–hosted a summit on September 9, 2008 at the Hilton Crystal City Reagan National Airport, to discuss the importance of improving crane safety in the construction industry.  The goal of this summit was to gather industry stakeholders in an open and frank dialogue on how best  to improve safety for the construction industry and the public while operating and maintaining cranes on job sites across the country. 

As you are aware, crane safety on construction sites across the country has garnered a great deal of attention recently.  Cranes on construction sites and in the skylines of many cities are a familiar sight, and the industry must come together to discuss how to best protect our workers and public while improving operation of cranes.

The summit included industry leaders with expert knowledge of crane operations.  Each organization was represented by one or two representatives at the table to discuss recent crane accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Crane and Derricks draft regulation, crane management, crane inspections, certifications, training needs and equipment maintenance. Our goal was to have an open discussion about crane safety, so participation was limited to invited parties and their crane experts.

Crane and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Crane and Derricks (C-DAC), October 9, 2008. On June 13, 2008, OSHA submitted the proposal to OMB, who approved the proposed rule for publication.

Please visit for more information on the negotiated rulemaking and the draft proposed standard on cranes and derricks.

Crane Safety Training Resources

Safety Management Training Course (SMTC) and Advanced Safety Management Training Course (ASMTC)

These programs offer intensive instruction on the skills needed to manage a safety program, including crane management. Participants must attend all sessions and pass a written exam to receive a certificate from AGC indicating successful completion of the course. The SMTC is a pre-requisite for the ASMTC.

The course is designed for project managers, foremen, superintendents, safety professionals and other construction personnel. The ASMTC is a more intensive training program geared to enhance the management of a company's safety management program.

For more information on the SMTC and ASMTC, please visit or

Susan Harwood Grant – Focus Four Hazards in Construction Training Seminar

This one day 8-hour course provides training awareness on the four primary hazards in the construction industry. The Focus Four hazards (falls, electrocutions, struck–by's and caught–between's) continue to account for the greatest number of preventable fatalities in the construction industry. Ensuring safe crane management on job sites requires knowledge and awareness of these four hazards.

For more information on the Focus Four Hazards in Construction, please visit:

Professional Crane Operator Safety Training Program

The Professional Crane Operator Safety Training Program is designed to teach students the AGC/Travelers Professional Crane Operation Program. The program will increase the crane operator's knowledge about safe crane operation. Candidates for this course consist of safety professionals wanting to learn about crane safety, as well as crane operators prepping for the National Commission for Certification of Crane Operators (CCO) core exam, and its four specialty exams. This training will increase the overall quality and skills of the industry's crane operators and provide assistance to construction employers to comply with ANSI/ASME B30.5 requirements. The program consists of an Instructor Guide, Student Guide and Student Load Charts.

Crane Safety Products and Online Training Resources

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