Georgia Crane Collapse
Firefighters reportedly rescued two construction workers during an Atlanta crane collapse Thursday afternoon, October 15, 2015.
According to WSBTV News, the construction accident occurred near Roxboro and Kingsboro Roads in Buckhead, as construction crews worked on a high-rise apartment building. The crane apparently hit a cherry picker as it fell and came to rest against the building. Media reports indicate at least two workers were rescued from the scene by a firetruck ladder.
Thankfully nobody was injured in this incident. However, the accident serves as a reminder to all construction employers of the critical need to provide a safe work zone for employees, including proper safety gear, emergency training and equipment.
OSHA Crane Safety & Employer Responsibility
Moving large, heavy loads is crucial to today’s manufacturing and construction industries. Much technology has been developed for these operations, including careful training and extensive workplace precautions. There are significant safety issues to be considered, both for the operators of the diverse “lifting” devices, and for workers in proximity to them.
Employers have a responsibility to provide employees with a safe and healthy work environment. OSHA’s Crane & Derricks in Construction safety website addresses industry hazards, safety standards, and accident prevention.
OSHA reminds workers, they have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary they understand) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- Get copies of test results that find measure hazards.
- File a confidential complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA’s rules.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation or discrimination.
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