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Mixing it up
Mixing scaffold components is an age–old issue, and becoming more so with the increasing influx of cheaper products from Asia. Patrick Hill talks to scaffold manufacturers and users in Europe and North America about the dangers of mixing.
ISEA proposes new aerial lift harness
US harness manufacturers have proposed a new restraint system designed specifically to prevent operators from being catapulted from boom-type aerial platforms. The system comprises an adjustable, non-energy absorbing lanyard shortened to about 3.5 feet and anchored at the base of the platform.
Before harness, responsible operation
We are spending too much time endlessly debating the issue of harnesses and scissor lifts, says Skyjack's director of product safety, Brad Boehler. Instead, we should be concentrating on the main avoidable hazards, such as scissor tip overs and operators being pinned to obstacles.
A new medium: online training
There's no need to be wary of online training, says Myron Lee, co-founder of online training specialist Arxcis. It's easy to deliver, Arxcis. It's easy to deliver, much more flexible than “classroom” courses, and perfect if you want to track the training of your employees.
IPAF message brought to BAC
Kevin O'Shea, senior instructor with the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), brought the message of mast climbing safety to several members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers (BAC). The occasion was this year's BAC's Annual Leadership Conference in August at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN.
Training day: OSHA advocates formalized telescopic forklift training
Does the telescopic forklift training need a formalized training course? The industry says “absolutely” and OSHA requires it. John Wyatt reports
The fundamentals of safety
Safety and Training Director with Mastclimbers in Atlanta, Kevin O'Shea highlights some of the important fundamentals to remember when you want to use mast climbing work platforms.
Skyjack to train regulatory bodies
Government regulatory bodies, such as OSHA, now have the benefit of attending Skyjack's approved Aerial Work Platforms Training (AWPT) course at two facilities (Chicago and Guelph, ON). The manufacturer, with full support from the AWPT, announced initiatives to offer operator training and/or informational seminars to North American regulatory bodies free of charge.
Trico celebrates accident-free year
Aerial lift rental yard Trico Lift achieved an accident-free record without any lost work time or recordable incidents last year. The company, located in Millville, NJ employees almost 100 people with offices in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and another location in South Plainfield, NJ. Collectively, the company has a fleet of nearly 3,000 aerial equipment pieces.
Happy trails? - trouble shooting transport requirements
Rental yard delivery personnel need more than a clean driving record and sense of direction. The transportation of equipment is a land mine of risks and hazards, say safety professionals. ALH reports
Take it slow: educate your staff with training
A thorough training program that is designed to really educate the end user is not a quick presentation briefing but a full review of hazards and risks associated with multiple types of equipment they will be using.
Mastclimber training for bricklayers
The International Bricklayers Union and Allied Craft Workers are trained in the safe use of mastclimbers by trainers from AWPT.
Be professional: Manufacturers 'forced to rent'
The first Europlatform conference took place in Basel on 11 September, attended by over 100 rental company managers, equipment dealers and manufacturers. Murray Pollok reports on the event.
Tied in knots?
There has recently been a lively debate in the US about the wearing of harnesses in scissor lifts, with no consensus yet established – unlike in Europe. Murray Pollok reports.
Dam concerns
Iraq's largest dam is at risk of an imminent collapse that could send a 20 m high wave of water into Mosul, a city of 1.7 million people, according to the latest assessment by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Operator certification delayed
Mandatory certification for crane operators has been delayed in British Columbia, Canada.
Sling safety steer
New guidance issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the US is designed to help employers select and use the appropriate slings when handling and moving materials.
Crashing similarities
As an international association with members in 47 countries, SC&RA is concerned about the impact of varying geographical considerations on companies in our industry throughout the world. For example, are there similarities between the main causes of accidents involving trucks in Europe and in the United States? Two recent studies provide an opportunity to begin making useful comparisons.
Workshop focus
As always, the focus of SC&RA's annual Crane & Rigging Workshop, 20-22 September at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri, US was on changing technologies,equipment and methods for safe, profitable operations.
Safe climbing
A pocket-sized safety guide has been developed for ladder and podium users.
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