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U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Ft. Lauderdale Area Office, Jacaranda Executive Court
1000 Pine Island Road, Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33324
(954) 424-0242; Fax (954) 424-3073
(Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Tampa Area Offices)

Florida Crane Safety Alliance - Annual Report
August 9, 2013

  1. Alliance Background:
  2. Date Signed:

    February 12, 2009

    Date Renewed:

    June 10, 2011

    Overview:

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Jacksonville Area Offices; the Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC) Florida East Coast, Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, North Florida and Florida First Coast Chapters; the Associated General Contractors of American (AGC) South Florida, Florida East Coast, and Greater Florida Chapters; the Construction Association of South Florida (CASF); the Florida Crane Owners' Council, Inc. (FCOC); the Florida Transportation Builders' Association (FTBA); and Crane Tech, LLC agreed to continue a collaborative agreement to provide members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources focused on the reduction and prevention of crane accidents.

    Implementation Team Membership:

    Members consist of OSHA, ABC Florida East Coast, Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, North Florida and Florida First Coast Chapters; AGC South Florida, Florida East Coast, and Greater Florida; CASF, FCOC, and Crane Tech, LLC

    Evaluation Period:

    June 11, 2012 through June 10, 2013

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
  4. These meetings were conducted on the following dates: August 1, 2012; October 1, 2012; January 30, 2013; and April 30, 2013.

  5. Events and Products
  6. Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

    Events

    • None

    Products

    • None
    Training and Education

    Events

    • On June 20, 2012, a state-wide Crane Stand-down was conducted at construction sites across Florida to increase hazard awareness and to train workers on crane safety.

    • On October 25, 2012, the OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) in the Tampa area office and the Area Director in the OSHA Jacksonville area office participated in a Crane Safety Management seminar. The event was sponsored by Sims Crane and outreach material was distributed from an OSHA booth at the event.

    • On June 11, 2013, a representative from Sims Crane provided training for the OSHA Fort Lauderdale area office staff, which was focused on cranes and rigging.

    Products

    • None

    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • During this period, the Alliance group promoted and encouraged its members to register for the OSHA Region IV newsletter.

    • On October 30, 2012, the Florida Crane Safety Committee developed a Crane Awareness wallet card, which was forwarded to the OSHA Atlanta Regional Office for review.

    • On December 7, 2012, the CAS from the OSHA Tampa area office conducted a presentation for small business contractors, which was focused on crane-related struck-by hazards.

    • On January 15, 2013, members of the Alliance group distributed the Florida Crane Safety Alliance - Crane Awareness Cards.

    • On April, 2013, the Alliance group distributed safety material developed by Sims Crane, which highlighted common hazards including the following: crane over loading; and use of improper rigging.

    • During this period, the CAS in the OSHA Fort Lauderdale area office and the OSHA Tampa area office continued to effectively promote the Alliance at the following events:

      • The 2012 and 2013 Safety Committee meetings for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, the Associated Builders and Contractors(ABC), and the Construction Association of South Florida (CASF)

      • The 2013 Construction Association of South Florida (CASF) Safety Conference

      • The Florida Workers' Compensation Safety Seminars

    Products

    • The Florida Crane Safety Alliance Awareness Card was produced and distributed throughout Florida by Alliance members. This wallet size card provides contractors and workers with information on their responsibilities regarding the use of cranes.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events

    • None

    Products

    • None
  7. Results
    1. Significant safety and health achievements conducted by the CASF Alliance group have helped reduce the number of industry-related fatalities in South Florida.

    Date Event/Activity Workers Impacted
    10/25/2012

    Crane Management Seminar

    60
    4/12/2013

    Construction Association of South Florida - Safety Conference

    500
    5/2011-5/2012

    80 - Workers' Compensation Safety Seminars throughout Florida

    10000
    6/10/12 thru 6/10/2013

    Presented information on crane safety including list of most frequently cited violations at AGC, ABC, CASF and Florida Crane Owners' meetings.

    500
     
    Total Impacted:
    11060
  8. Upcoming Milestones
    • Renew the Florida Crane Safety Alliance

    • Continue to effectively promote the Florida Crane Safety Alliance

    • Continue to effectively educate employers and employees throughout Florida on crane safety

Report prepared by Vergie Bain, CAS - Ft. Lauderdale Area Office

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's website.

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