Safety pointers

03 March 2009

Mike Parnell, Industrial Training International (ITI) president, lays out six points that an employer should follow to help ensure a safe workplace:

1. Train and qualify all crane operators on the cranes they are asked to operate.

2. Train and qualify the persons who rig loads for cranes, whether they are carpenters, electricians, welders, pipe fitters, or boilermakers. There are few, if any, designated riggers anymore, who only perform that task.

3. Ensure that field and shop supervisors are trained to understand crane capacities, load handling dynamics, lift planning and proper inspections for cranes and rigging.

4. Support an active inspection and maintenance programme for all cranes and rigging equipment.

5. Management should always pursue the proper use of cranes and rigging equipment, and not pressure employees to misuse or abuse equipment.

6. Management should seek equipment which will replace current inventory with safety features that can minimize operator error, including, automated boom extension, computerised information panels, proximity warning devices, overload prevention systems and more.

Latest News
Kenya secures $3.6bn to build Africa’s largest toll road project
Kenya has secured $3.6 billion in investment to build the Usahihi expressway, which is being billed as Africa’s largest toll road project
Icon’s 3D-printed village in Texas, US, nearing completion
3D concrete-printing company more than 90% finished with project
Piedmont Hoist & Crane acquired
Following the purchase by Mazzella Companies, the North Carolina-based manufacturer will now operate as Mazzella Piedmont.