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March 22, 1993
Mr. David H. Shaffer
Rt # 1, Box 7909
Oakland, MD 21550
Dear Mr. Shaffer:
This is an interim response to your letter of January 20, 1993 requesting information about the safe use, operation and maintenance of railway cranes. We apologize for the delay in responding to your inquiry.
Your letter is being transferred to the Office of General Industry Compliance Assistance which handles these matters. If you have any immediate concerns, please contact Mr. Rollie Stroup, Chief, Division of Safety Abatement Assistance, at (202) 219-8131.
Roy F. Gurnham, Esq., P.E.
Office of Construction and Maritime
I work for CSXT Transportation and am a crane operator, had attended a class for safe operation of crawler cranes, and supervision will not answer some of my questions on safety. We were given a safety manual for Users, Operators and Maintenance Personnel, what I would like to have is any publication on the safe operations, and inspection of the boom, and if a crane has to have a load rating chart in the cab of the crane. And also can the boom be welded, and if it can be, then by who, and if it has to be mega-fluxed for cracks, and if it is safe if it has a bend in it. The crane is a crawler crane, has a 45 ft. boom and sits on a flat car.
David H. Shaffer
Rt. #1, Box 7909
Oakland, MD 21550
Is there a phone number a person could call in case of a safety violation of a crane?
Thank you again