OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Groups Renew Alliance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), the Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI), and the Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA) renewed their Alliance, originally signed on Oct. 5, 2005.

The Alliance will continue to provide systems owners and operators in general industry with information and access to training resources that will assist in protecting employees, including Spanish-speaking, and other high-risk employees. Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue their efforts to help reduce and prevent exposure to safety and health issues such as electrical hazards, falls from elevations or being struck by moving equipment.

"Our Alliance has made substantial progress over the past two years in reducing and preventing serious or fatal incidents in the material handling industry," said Edwin Foulke Jr., assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. "Together, we will continue to focus on efforts and resources that identify and implement the best industry practices that protect employees and help keep crane, hoist, and monorail operators safe and healthy."

"The Crane Manufacturers Association of America, the Hoist Manufacturers Institute, and the Monorail Manufacturers Association are pleased to learn that the Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance will be renewed for 2008 and 2009," said Hal Vandiver, executive vice president, Material Handling Industry of America. "Our collective experience with the first term of the OSHA Alliance Program fulfilled all of our key objectives. We look forward to continuing our work with OSHA to promote safety and health in the workplace."