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The UK Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group has launched a public consultation on a new guidance document, Management of Plant Operator Competence, produced in collaboration with the Construction Plant-hire Association. The guidance stresses managers need to do more than just check operators cards.
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As the US industry gears up to certify operators ahead of the 2014 implementation of the cranes and derricks rule, SC&RA members are questioning a requirement for capacity certification that could, some say, add a billion dollars to industry costs.
The programme for Cranes Asia, Cranes Today's annual Singapore-based conference, has just been finalised, with the late addition of regulators from Singapore and Malaysia.
The EU Commission, the executive body of the EU, has said that mobile crane drivers do not necessarily need to get a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) license.
James Lomma has been acquitted of all charges relating to the May 2008 collapse of a tower crane on East 91st Street, New York City, which killed two people.
Following an independent review of health and safety legislation in the UK, British workplace health and safety regulator the HSE has announced proposals to drop its public tower crane database. Despite costing the regulator £51,000 to run, only three members of the public queried the database.
Effective from 8th June, the American National Standards Institute’s Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies will be recognised in West Virginia Legislature’s Crane Operator Certification Act.
In preparation for NCCCO crane operator written and practical examinations, rental firm Shawmut Equipment is providing pre-exam preparation sessions at its South Easton, Massachusetts facility on 23rd April.
An inquest jury investigating the deaths of two men killed by a collapsing tower crane in London, UK on 26 September 2006, has returned a narrative verdict, after being instructed by the coroner not to consider an unlawful killing verdict.
New Orleans has been announced as the setting for this year’s two-day jointly held Crane & Rigging Conference/Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference (CRC/ICHC), scheduled to start on 23 May.
Jusice Gary Hearn of the Ontario Court of Justice fined Delta Truck Equipment CAD100,000 and its supervisor, Phillip Hutton, CAD15,000, after a maintenance person was crushed to death by a truck crane’s boom in Breslau, Canada.
A market surveillance initiative has been launched by seven European machinery industry trade associations to promote the effective monitoring of goods sold on the European market and strengthen regulatory compliance.
A crane inspector certification programme has been developed by the NCCCO in conjunction with the Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA), offering inspectors of tower, mobile and overhead cranes distinct certifications.
After maintenance workers were seriously injured while working on a dockside crane, UK health and safety regulator, the HSE, has warned that high voltage cranes should be clearly labeled and staff working on them should be properly trained.
New Zealand Crane Group is improving safety procedures for its riggers and operators by fitting fall protection systems to every all-terrain crane in its fleet with a lifting capacity over 80t.
A new guide to help inexperienced crane buyers identify whether or not a tower crane is compliant with EU legislation has been released by the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE).
William Rapetti, the master rigger responsible for erecting a tower crane at East 51st Street New York that collapsed during a climbing operation in 2008, killing seven people, has had his rigger and operator licenses revoked. Rapetti was acquitted of manslaughter charges, but still faces civil action. A judge considering his license found that Rapetti’s failures had caused the collapse.
At the start of the summer, the world saw the advent of two of the largest crawler cranes ever to be made in China, Zoomlion’s 3,200t ZCC3200NP and the Sany 3,600t SCC8600TM.
OSHA has launched a new four-month programme focused on reducing fatalities and injuries caused by powered industrial trucks operating in the State of Mississippi.
At the Vertikal Days exhibition on 23 June, the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group launched the public consultation period for the its latest guidance: Medical Fitness to Operate Construction Plant.