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Region 1 News Release: 08-1315-BOS / BOS 2008-270
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Contact: John Chavez
BRAINTREE, Mass - More than 90 Bay State contractors and safety professionals recently received crane safety training under the auspices of an alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Construction Safety Roundtable of Eastern Massachusetts. The training was designed to help contractors understand and identify the hazards involved with the assembly and disassembly of construction tower cranes.
A panel of OSHA and contractor representatives outlined the criteria and documentation needed in the selection of a tower crane versus a mobile crane or other equipment; identified and discussed the various federal, state and industry standards covering tower cranes; and reviewed and discussed the hazards associated with different types of tower cranes. A "lessons learned" segment used real-life examples of successful crane operations as well as accidents to facilitate discussion and analysis and reinforce the importance of proper crane operations.
"The sizable turnout for this session was encouraging because it showed that many contractors in the greater Boston area understand the importance of crane safety and want to ensure that crane operations are properly and safely conducted," said Brenda Gordon, OSHA's area director in Braintree.
The training was conducted as part of an ongoing alliance between OSHA's Braintree and Methuen, Mass., area offices and the roundtable, an organization of eastern Massachusetts construction contractors. The alliance holds monthly meetings through which contractors, regulators and safety professionals use training, assistance and productive discussion to help contractors, employees and trainees better identify, reduce and eliminate construction-related hazards.
"The roundtable's membership has grown from 47 in 2003 to 132 members today," said Gordon. "That speaks to the dedication of the roundtable's steering committee and the membership's commitment to improving safety."
The tower crane training was held Sept. 9 at Local 4 Operating Engineers Training Facility in Canton, Mass., and was organized by the roundtable and sponsored by Gilbane Builders. In attendance were safety directors from union and non-union companies, insurance representatives, union apprenticeship directors, safety consultants, attorneys and the safety consultation service of the Massachusetts Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety.
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations, employers and government agencies. OSHA currently has more than 500 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace. For more information about this alliance, contact Tim Irving, compliance assistance specialist in OSHA's Braintree Area Office; telephone 617-565-6924.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote 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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