Safety of Paramount Importance for Contract Glaziers
In early 2003 the Occupational Safety & Health Administration
(OSHA) announced it would move forward with the negotiated rulemaking
process to update its cranes and derricks standard. Now, more than
five years later, the standard-which has not been revised since
1971--is still not done, and crane-related accidents and fatalities
are becoming an increasing concern for construction-related associations,
unions and contract glaziers.
Don Earnheart, national design vice president for Trainor Glass
Co. in Dallas, says crane safety is a major concern for contract
"We use cranes to lift our pre-glazed panels off our trucks
and load them on floors. Safety issues with cranes are of paramount
importance to our installation efforts," says Earnheart. "We
certainly want safer cranes to ensure life safety issues for our
employees as well as to eliminate potential damage to products."
As a result of recent accidents and fatalities, a number of legislators
are taking action on the matter of crane safety. Just last week
several senators, including New York's Hillary Rodham Clinton, called
on the Bush administration jointly to issue new crane safety regulations.
"The tragic number of recent crane accidents in New York and
elsewhere that have led to injury or death is sobering, and it is
critical that we act immediately to protect the safety of workers
and residents and prevent future tragedies," said Senator Clinton
in a statement. "The regulations governing crane and derrick
safety are antiquated and poorly enforced. I urge the [Bush] Administration
to immediately issue the safety regulations it has withheld for
four years and take steps to ensure that these regulations are enforced."
OSHA did not return USGNN.com's calls for comment.
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