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Industry Priorities

Crane Safety

Improve Safety for the Construction Industry and the Public While Operating and Maintaining Cranes on Job Sites

Background:

  • AGC is committed to improve safety for the construction industry and the public while operating and maintaining cranes on job sites across the country. 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. AGC, McGraw Hill Construction's Engineering News-Record (ENR), and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) co-hosted a crane safety summit on September 9, 2008 with 21 organizations in attendance to have an open and frank discussion on how to best improve crane safety practices for the industry.

AGC Message:

  • AGC recognizes the need to publish the Crane and Derricks in Construction Standard. AGC, in cooperation with 21 stakeholder organizations, developed an agreement of support for the Crane and Derricks in Construction proposal. The standard, when published as a final rule, will be the basic minimum requirements that the construction industry should expect.
  • Develop a System for Gathering Accurate Data and Information. The construction industry does not have accurate and sound data on crane accidents within the country. The industry should create a clearinghouse of information and resources on crane operations and safety management. Through the development of that clearinghouse, the industry can create best practices and understand the trends in a more effective manner.
  • Continuous Training is Essential. Crane operations in construction involve many people. The training of riggers and signal persons is critical to safe lifts. Also more training of job site supervision so that they are better able to evaluate the safety of the equipment and its operation is also important; along with the training of inspectors so that they are able to better evaluate the equipment. The industry needs comprehensive and quantifiable training programs available.
  • Evaluate Regulatory Impact on Small Businesses. Regulatory and legislative action must evaluate the economic impact and feasibility prior to proposal of action on safe crane operation. AGC is concerned over OSHA's Crane and Derricks in Construction proposal and believes it is burdensome on small business employers with recordkeeping requirements and other compliance requirements.
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