July 9, 2007
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Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a new Fact Sheet to improve crane operation safety in marine terminals. Radio Communication Can Assist Container Gantry Crane Operators in Marine Terminals is designed to help longshore employees work safely on the ground, on a ship and in a crane.
"Depending on a particular operation, employees under the crane or aboard ship may need to communicate with the crane operator," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "OSHA believes that employers and employees who use radio communication between those working on the ground, on a ship and in the crane will result in fewer accidents and greater productivity."
The use of radio communication by the crane operators and longshore personnel can reduce the risk of injury and property damage because the crane operators will no longer need to rely on their line of sight or hand signals from longshoremen to move cargo safely and accurately.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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