Case Study: Alarming Statistics on Worker Deaths from Cranes
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a branch of the United States Department of Labor. The BLS is a federal agency commissioned with the responsibility of gathering, analyzing, and sharing information that is vital for public and private decision making. The BLS has composed a data sheet of fatal occupational injuries that involve cranes, ranging from 2011 to 2017. This study found that, on average, there were 42 fatalities annually. Of the fatalities in this 7-year analysis: 154 resulted from being struck by an object or equipment put into motion by a crane 39 resulted from a transportation incident 41 resulted from a fall 63 have a result of "other"
Key Takeaway: Cranes of all types present life-threatening dangers. Do not underestimate their hazards. This course will help you stay vigilant while working with or around cranes.
It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this OSHA Crane, Derrick & Hoist Safety Training online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Crane, Derrick & Hoist Safety. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:
(a) Each employer -
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer's industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.