As of today there are no licensing requirements to operate a Crane. Please note this could change at any time.
Kansas City OSHA office holds safety training following worker death in trench collapse
The training was held at the request of the Grandview, Mo., fire chief following the death of a local worker killed when an 8-foot-deep trench he was working in collapsed. Representatives of three cities that attended informed OSHA that they would not issue permits without evidence of proper trench protection, and would close jobs and cancel the permits if they found a contractor working in a trench without protection.
Last year, 26 workers were killed in trench collapses nationwide. Trenches five feet deep or greater require protective systems.
Local school says good training is key to crane operators' safety
Nearly every morning, school administrators post a media story on the board about another on-the-job crane accident from somewhere in the United States, with body counts often noted in the headlines.
Thursday's crane collapse in Oklahoma City, which resulted in one death, is the most recent example.
"There's an accident worldwide almost everyday,” said Jerry McGinnis, college president. "But they can be avoided.”
According to Forster Barnes, the lead crane instructor at the Oklahoma College of Construction, about 50 percent of accidents can be linked to improperly trained workers.
"Most of these accidents can be avoided,” he said. "It's a combination of being better prepared in the classroom and in training, and just taking your time in the field.”
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