issue 2011-4

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Monthly Webinars Often Focus on Safety

SC&RA’s preliminary schedules for its monthly Webinar series in 2012 includes a number of sessions featuring safety and risk management topics, including:

  • January – Trends, Successes and Current Permitting Priorities
  • March – ASME B30.5: Responsibilities within the Crane Industry
  • April – Crisis Management: Effective Strategies for Dealing with the Unexpected
  • June – Crane Care
  • July – Evaluating Insurance Needs, Trends and Costs
  • August – Navigating the Minefield of Motor

Shippers Look to CSA Performance to Select Carriers

Love it or hate it, the new Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is here to stay, according to an article in the September issue of Inbound Logistics magazine. A less than stellar record may end up costing carriers business.

SC&R Foundation Builds Collection of Job Hazard Analyses

The SC&R Foundation is compiling a job hazard analysis (JHA) depository to help SC&RA uphold its commitment to safety. JHAs are a proven method of preventing workplace injuries and fatalities. Establishing proper job procedures is one of the benefits of conducting a JHA – carefully studying and recording each step of a job, identifying existing or potential job hazards (both safety and health), and determining the best way to perform the job or to reduce or eliminate these hazards.

SC&RA Offers Crane Hand Signals App for Android, Apple and Blackberry

&RA’s Crane Hand Signals mobile app is now available for the Android operating system. Since its introduction late last year, the free app has been downloaded more than 7,000 times in the iTunes App Store and Blackberry App World. 

The Crane Hand Signals app gives users instant access to all necessary crane hand signals. Every signal included is compliant with the revised OSHA Cranes and Derricks Standard and is shown graphically so that operators can quickly and easily reference the appropriate signal for each command.

Occupational Groups within SC&RA Membership among Most Likely to Smoke

Cigarette smoking ranks among the most important modifiable risk factors for adverse health outcomes and a major cause of prolonged illness and death, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The occupation groups of SC&RA member companies are among those with the highest percentages of workers who smoke. Topping the list was the construction and extraction occupational group with 31.4 percent of those surveyed saying they smoke.

OSHA Publishes New and Revised Materials on Worker Safety and Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published new and revised information that explains workers’ and employers’ rights, as well as how to protect workers from hazards in the construction, general and maritime industries. To order free copies of these materials online, visit OSHA’s Publications page, or call OSHA's toll free number at (800) 321-6742.

NBIS Introduces New Line of Excess Liability and Umbrella Coverage

NBIS, SC&RA’s exclusively endorsed property/casualty insurance provider for the past 15 years, recently introduced a dedicated Excess Casualty Facility in conjunction with Ironshore, New York, N.Y.

Lift Plans Play Major Role in Helping to Ensure Safe, Productive Projects

The real reason for a lift plan involves three Ps—protect your people, safeguard your property, and maximize your productivity—explained David Duerr, PE, 2DM Associates, Inc., during his presentation at the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop, September 21-23, in Philadelphia, Pa.

He said that any lift plan should function in two ways. First, you should be able to put together a lift plan, hand it to someone walking onto the site for the first time, leave, and rest assured that the person holding the plan has everything necessary to make the lift the way you want it to be made.

Members Enjoy Savings on Top Insurance through SC&RA Health Plan

Since its launch in May 2010, the SC&RA Health Plan has accrued over 40 participating companies and 2,600 members.

Simple Precautions Can Prevent Back Injuries on the Job

Back injuries are waiting to happen because many backs are not in shape to support the heavy lifting process, according to an SC&RA Safety Talk. The talk includes the following proper lifting techniques:

  • Use your head first. How much does the object weigh? How can I get at it? Is there help available? Decide how you’ll lift it first, what you’ll do with it next, and how and where you’ll set it down.