Crane accident investigation guide from SC&RA

By Alex Dahm01 February 2011

Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) has published its Crane Accident Investigation Guide after two years of planning and preparation by the association's Crane & Rigging Group Safety Education & Training Committee.

SC&RA members typically lift and position oversize objects, often at height and to tight tolerances so the possibility for severe injury or major property damage can never be overlooked.

Available as a free resource exclusively to SC&RA members, the new 10 page guide is in PDF format so it is easy to reprint. Its primary focus is on determining facts surrounding the incident and the lessons that can be learned to prevent future similar occurrences.

The guide's checklist format covers many considerations unique to the crane and rigging industry. Among the 15 types of accident description listings are crane overturned, boom collapsed, load fell, and wire rope or a cable broke.

Other categories in the comprehensive guide include: types of bodily injury and property damage; time of accident; weather; lighting; type of job; type of project; nature of work; property ownership; legal property status; load description; weight and how determined; training of lift director, crane operator and other key personnel; rigging and equipment information; equipment set-up; lift engineering; types of reports prepared as a result of the accident; contractual risk transfer; subrogation; and other factors subject to further analysis and review by qualified experts.

The Crane Accident Investigation Guide is available in the Members section of the SC&RA website

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