The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health’s (NIOSH) FACE program will address crane rigger fatalities in an Aug. 31st virtual event presented by Occupational Health & Safety magazine.
Through NIOSH FACE, which recently launched its own Twitter page, a research program designed to identify and study fatal occupational injuries begun in 1982, participating states voluntarily notify NIOSH of traumatic occupational fatalities that resulted from targeted causes of death. These have included confined spaces, electrocutions, machine-related fatalities, falls from height, and logging. NIOSH FACE is currently targeting investigations of deaths associated with machinery, deaths of foreign-born workers, energy production, and construction falls.
The NIOSH program gives users access to the full text of hundreds of fatality investigation reports and background on the program itself. Three of the fatality investigation reports posted initially involve crane rigger fatalities. This problem is one of the topics to be addressed during the OH&S virtual event.
From 2 to 3 p.m. CDT, on Aug. 31st, John Cole, general manager/senior training instructor/inspector with Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau, will address “Most Common Types of Crane Accidents and What Managers Can Do to Prevent Them.” Cole will discuss the new OSHA cranes and derricks construction standard, which took effect last November, and which sets new requirements to prevent crane tip-overs, powerline contact, and other types of crane-related accidents.