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Crane-related deaths in construction and recommendations for their prevention.
McCann-M; Gittleman-J; Watters-M
Silver Spring, MD: CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, 2008 Jun; :1-8
The deaths of six construction workers and a bystander, along with injuries to 24 construction workers and first responders in a New York City crane collapse March 15, 2008, set off an alarm within the construction community and city dwellers living in the shadow of large scale projects. Just 10 days later, a 20-foot crane section in Miami fell 30 stories, killing two construction workers and injuring five. New Yorkers, already jittery from the first crane collapse, saw another crane fall in their city May 30, which killed two construction workers and injured one worker and one bystander. The first New York crane collapse garnered much media attention because of the scale of the event - a high death toll among workers and a visitor killed when the crane's boom crushed a residential building. But injury and death to bystanders is not a first-time occurrence. Selected examples of crane-related bystander deaths collected from news reports are included in Table 1. In 2003, OSHA formed a Crane and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (CDAC) of representatives from industry, labor and government to develop a new safety standard for the construction industry to aid in reducing the number of fatalities. The committee first met in July 2003, and reached a consensus on regulatory language for the new standard on July 9, 2004. In May 2008, OSHA published its semiannual agenda and announced that the proposed crane standard will be published for public comment in the Federal Register in August 2008. In light of the large number of recent fatalities, CPWR examined the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to evaluate trends over time and propose recommendations to prevent future injury and death.
Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Machine-operation; Machine-operators; Regulations
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Crane-Related Deaths in Construction and Recommendations for their Prevention
CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division