November 2003

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Improve crane safety

Prequalifying suppliers is an important step

Bates, G., Hontz, R. M., Carmagen Engineering, Inc.

Construction safety has become increasingly important since the advent of OSHA over 30 years ago. Capital projects in the process industries invariably list safety as the number one prioritized project objective, followed by cost, schedule and quality. Because of the risks involved with lifting, crane safety should be a key element of all construction safety programs. If all lifts were made with competent operators using sound, well-maintained equipment (e.g., cranes and rigging) and following a comprehensive, quality lift plan, lifting accidents would be a thing of the past. Many companies have sufficient demand for cranes to justify owning their own and keeping crane operators on their

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