—How do you prevent crane accidents, and what do you do if you have one?
Two presentations slated for CONEXPO’s Crane & Rigging Education Track to be held next March address those topics in turn. Taking the position that the best way to prevent crane accidents is to understand how they are caused, Jim Wiethorn, Ph.D, Chairman/Principal Engineer at Haag Engineering, will unveil the results of an ongoing study of almost 1,000 crane accidents over 25 years in his presentation Why do Crane Accidents Happen?
He will identify the primary reasons and underlying factors that result in crane accidents including crane turnover, dropped load and boom/jib collapse. The responsibilities of primary parties will also be explored.
But what do you do if and when a crane accident does happen? That’s where Joe Collins, Heavy Lift Division Manager at Becht Engineering comes in. His session, How to Manage a Crane Accident, will provide information and procedures to ensure preparedness before something happens, and outline what steps to follow in the event you are faced with a serious crane accident on your project. Very often, the rescuers become victims themselves, or make things worse because they don’t have a well-thought-out plan before starting the equipment recovery.
Participants will learn how to assist emergency first responders, discover how to identify and preserve evidence, and develop techniques to safely recover and remove damaged cranes and equipment.
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