New Legislation Affects the Crane Industry
With the new laws on confined spaces taking effect, electrical safety construction regulations have also been completely reorganized. Additionally, other changes affecting the crane industry were also brought in with significantly less fanfare.
These changes relate to multi-tiered loads for cranes and to operating equipment near power lines. The new rules are more stringent than past practice and require that special procedures be developed to ensure worker’s safety. The changes came into effect in September of 2006 so everyone should be following them now. Here’s a primer on the new regulations.
Rules For Steel Erection
If you’re in the steel erection business, you probably know the term “Christmas Treeing” as related to lifting a load of beams. Basically, this is rigging up a number of structural items into a single multi-tiered load and lifting the entire group of them up to the connectors standing on the structure. The connectors then place each item in place starting with the bottom member and working up to the top. Once the hook is empty, the operator lowers it to the rigging crew on the ground to load up the next set of members while the connectors finish bolting up the steel. The process can greatly improve the speed of erection, but can also be hazardous if not carried out properly.
To address this hazard, Section 103 of the construction regulations have been greatly expanded and now give very detailed requirements. While you should check out the latest set of regulations for yourself to get the full details, here are the main highlights:
While these changes in regulation may seem a bit onerous for an experienced steel erection company, IIA Lifting Services can help you navigate them by creating a flexible engineered procedure.
Operation of Equipment Near Power Lines
In the past, it was enough to have a signalman present to ensure the crane did not come closer than the minimum approach distance to power lines as specified in construction regulations. While that rule still exists, the updates to the electrical hazards portion of the regulations require more stringent safety measures.
The main addition is a written procedure. The constructor develops and implements a written procedure that will ensure no part of a vehicle or equipment, or its load will come closer than the minimum approach distance. The constructor then provides the written procedure to each employer on the project prior to starting work.
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