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Group recommends changes to crane safety policies

The Tribeca crane accident in February led Mayor Bill de Blasio to create the Crane Safety Technical Working Group. That group has recently come back with 23 recommendations to improve crane safety. Those safety recommendations could help construction workers avoid injuries if the recommendations are followed.

One of the suggestions that the group had was to increase the accountability for crane operation. This would include having an on-site lift director to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.

One of the regulations that might be changing is the wind-related operation standards. As of now, crane operation is restricted when winds are 30 miles per hour or higher. The new recommendation is that some crane configurations will have to cease operation when winds are 20 to 30 mph. Cranes in public areas would have limitations that are more restrictive than cranes in non-public areas.

Another recommendation is that older cranes be phased out. An age limit has been suggested. The group also recommended that black boxes, anemometers and GPS trackers must be present in all cranes that are operated in New York City.

Training and certification reform was also recommended. This includes having more training that is crane specific to the actual crane. This would mean that crane operators who are working on unusually long jib/boom machines would need to have special training on that combination before they can work on the machine.

Workers who are injured in crane accidents might choose to seek compensation to help cover lost wages and pay medical bills. Understanding how to do that is the first step in getting the compensation they deserve.

Source: Construction Equipment, "Update: NYC Crane Accident Recommendations," July 06, 2016

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