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Beavers, J E, Moore, J R, Rinehart, R and Schriver, W R (2006) Crane-Related Fatalities in the Construction Industry. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 132(09), 901–10.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Construction industry; Safety; Cranes;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0733-9364
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2006)132:9(901)
  • Abstract:
    One of the major causes of fatalities during construction is the use of cranes or derricks during lifting operations. Using the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) case files from fatality investigations during the years 1997–2003, the writers examined the data to determine the proximal causes and contributing physical factors. The research results showed the use of mobile cranes with lattice and telescopic booms, truck or crawler mounted, represented over 84% of the fatalities in the use of cranes/derricks. To reduce the rate of crane fatalities the writers believe that crane operators and riggers should be qualified and requalification should occur every 3 years . Crane safety training must be provided to specialty trade crafts before they are allowed to work around cranes during lifting operations. In addition, a “diligent” competent person [as defined in 29CFR 1926.32(f)] should be in charge of all aspects of lifting operations. Finally, OSHA should improve its system of collecting information during fatality investigations, placing emphasis on intervention strategies to improve usefulness of the investigations to researchers and policymakers inside and outside the Agency.