Safety In The Industry

May - 26 2016 | By

Male worker at Construction siteAccidents involving cranes and hoists unfortunately occur on a fairly regular basis. It’s estimated that on average throughout the industry, 71 people die in crane related accidents every year. That’s why at CLP we are ever diligent about the quality of our equipment and can claim never to have issued a faulty piece of equipment or incurred any on-site accidents.

We never cut corners to save money. The work we do here and the quality of equipment we produce along with the operators and training we provide are all top notch. We even go above and beyond with our training to help Kansas City Tree Care Company and others prepare for tough emergencies when they arise. You see, we like to sleep at night. So every safety detail is monitored from the employees personal safety equipment to the top of the line machines we own and operate. We make sure that from beginning to end, we are giving the best quality service and product available.

Nationwide there are over 250,000 crane operators. With that kind of number, working in a dangerous occupation there are bound to be accidents. Not meaning to sound fatalistic, but as suppliers of heavy industrial machines CLP must be aware of the facts. OSHA’s – Occupational Safety and Health Administration, crane standards have not been updated since the 1970s. Present standards held by OSHA do not take into consideration the advancements in hoisting technology or the relatively common jib crane that uses the climbing tower. It is left up to the individual company to upgrade mechanical and technological aspects of all equipment. If there is a safer, better way to build a machine then it’s on the back of the manufacturer. In the long run, CLP knows the time and money is well spent.

However, we are not in this alone. The American National Standards Institute – ANSI, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers – ASME have contributed to raising standards within the industry. Through consensus procedures their continual input addresses crane operations, operational procedures, operator qualifications as well as crane manufacturers. The standards they set are highly respected, and are used as guidelines to maintain equipment and prevent any loss. The Specialized Carriers and Riggers Association – SC&RA have developed a program of requirements for certification for crane operators that are widely accepted throughout the business.

Most manufactures, distributors and construction employers feel that self-regulation doesn’t keep every one safe. While compromising on the delivery of a superior product and service is a road to disaster, some industrial suppliers are not as conscientious as they need to be. The financial bottom line has been known to sway the good judgment of some companies in the past, but with the liability being so huge it’s rare for a company to put savings now ahead of savings overall – including, and most importantly human life.

When CLP rents a crane specific requirements have to be met. Because we offer a large inventory to choose from, we also have the experienced operators and trainers on call to accommodate the needs of the customer. CLP provides expert council on which crane is best suited for the job intended. We supply maintenance of our equipment to assure its highest performance while on the job.

Our commitment to our customers and our personal and business integrity ranks high among our dedication to giving the most superior service in the field.

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