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HSE reports on Liverpool tower crane collapse
The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported on the 2007 Liverpool tower crane accident and written to crane rental and supply companies in Great Britain about it
Making waves
Safety and maintenance are a top priority in the offshore industry. Euan Youdale speaks to one company about the progress of its latest safety programme and rounds up news in the sector
"Only dummies don't wear harnesses on booms"
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is distributing a free video that graphically depicts the dangers of operating a boom-type access platform without wearing a full body harness. The video shows the "whip-lash" effects on a crash dummy in the basket of a Skyjack self-propelled boom while driving over an obstacle.
Training vs familiarization
In an industry where trained aerial platform operators are a must, a 1999 ANSI standard on familiarization is making head waves
US gets safety guidelines for mast climbers
Safe use guidelines for users of MCWPs (mast climbing work platforms) in the US have been prepared by IPAF and Kevin O'Shea of Mastclimbers LLC with input from a number of interested organisations.
OSHA would welcome US mast climber standard
OSHA, the US government health and safety body, has advised the US mast climbing industry to develop its own standard for the design and use of mast climbing work platforms.
UK Ladder Association emphasises importance of training
Following an incident where a 73 year old school caretaker successfully claimed damages for severe injuries sustained after falling from a step ladder, the chairman of the UK Ladder Association reiterated the importance of appropriate training.
IPAF to draft exhibition code of practice after scissor falls at UK show
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has been asked by aerial platform manufacturers to produce a code of practice for all those involved in exhibitions after an electric scissor was blown over by the wind on the first day of the Vertikal Days show in the UK.
Key to US growth
Kevin O'Shea, who leads the training activities of Mastclimbers LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, US, draws parallels in the US mast climbing market to that of the UK 10 to 12 years ago. "We have a weak design standard coupled with weak regulation for implementation. Unregulated use is dangerous," he tells AI.
Tough lifeline from Miller by Sperian
Miller by Sperian has launched the Falcon 6m retractable life line. The 6 m line weighs 1.5 kg and is designed to provide gentle fall arrest in a few centimetres because of its quick reaction brake mechanism.
SunCranes under scrutiny
The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries has shut down the operation of three tower cranes on construction jobsites in Seattle and Renton, according to news reports.
China gantry crane collapse kills three
Three workers were killed on Friday 30 May and two others injured when two dockside gantry cranes collapsed at a shipbuilding yard in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area, China, according to local media.
A-Plant is double award winner
UK rental company, A-Plant won two awards at Hire Association Europe's Hire Awards of Excellence: best contribution to health and safety, sponsored by Bosch and excellence in training sponsored by ConstructionSkills.
IPAF concerned that Balfour Beatty has misinterpreted trapping accident statement.
Having participated in a working group which focused on trapping accidents, Balfour Beatty has issued a document about the procurement and operation of MEWPs (mobile elevated work platforms) which IPAF (International Federation of Powered Access) feels is misleading.
Bifocal safety eyewear
To meet the needs of an aging workforce, Gateway Safety offers two styles of bifocal safety eyewear, each in four dioptre strengths: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5
New tower crane inspection guide
A comprehensive new guide designed to increase tower crane safety has been launched in the UK. The Maintenance, Inspection and Through Examination of Tower Cranes is the latest best practice guide from the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) and was produced in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Bronto up 18 per cent and production will grow
First quarter sales of the Fire Rescue business of US company, Federal Signal, which now comprises solely of Bronto truck mounted, articulated aerial devices, rose 18% to $24 million.
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