Crane accident knocks out power on West Bank for thousands, Entergy says
CMore than 10,100 Entergy customers on the West Bank were without power Wednesday night (June 7), after a downed crane struck power lines near the Harvey Canal, according to Entergy Louisiana.
The downed crane, in the 3800 block of Peters Road in Harvey, prompted the outage about 8:45 p.m., said Mike Burns, spokesman for Entergy Louisiana.
When contacted around 9:30 p.m., Burns said Entergy did not have an estimate on when power would return but said crews were onsite, assessing the damage, and would correct the issue "as quickly and safely" as they could.
Update on Operator Certification and Recent OSHA Meeting in D.C.
Most of you who read this will be familiar with the draft proposed recently by OSHA regarding
crane operator qualification which would replace the original wording of the 1926 (subpart CC)
This is the section where the operator certification and qualification requirements
are covered. You can go to https://www.osha.gov/doc/accsh/accshcrane.pdf to read the entire
In a nutshell, the draft was a rewrite of what qualifies and/or certifies an equipment operator,
which includes a variety of crane types. In particular, the draft as written would require an
extensive annual evaluation of the operator and require that the operator attend a very strenuous
training program. The 'proposed draft' changed the current wording which states that operators
are to be "certified by type and capacity of equipment" to "operators are to be certified by type of
*It is essential that you check with your local government and confirm that the information listed above is still good today. This information
should only be used as a tool to help you figure out what type of license you need to operate certain types of equipment.