Wyoming Aims to Improve Crane Safety

December 6, 2010

Wyoming’s Workers’ Safety & Compensation Division has proposed changes to update and revise standards for cranes and derricks, based on several mandatory federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule changes.

Updatings its 1926 standards would specify industry work practices necessary to protect employees during the use of cranes and derricks in construction, the division said. This final standard also addresses advances in the designs of cranes and derricks, related hazards, and the qualifications of employees needed to operate them safely.

Under the proposed rule, employers must determine whether the ground is sufficient to support the anticipated weight of hoisting equipment and associated loads. The employer is then required to assess hazards within the work zone that would affect the safe operation of hoisting equipment, such as those of power lines and objects or personnel that would be within the work zone or swing radius of the hoisting equipment. Finally, the employer is required to ensure that the equipment is in safe operating condition via required inspections and that employees in the work zone are trained to recognize hazards associated with the use of the equipment and any related duties that they are assigned to perform.

For information, visit http://doe.wyo.gov/ProductionDocuments/OSHA/StatementofReasons.pdf.

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