Upgraded tech requires updated training

by on December 23, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Two men who died in a crane accident in Winters, CA, in the spring should not have been in the man-basket that snapped and fell to earth, according to OSHA. The agency fined Disney Construction, Inc. $100,000 for failing to properly train workers, for failing to properly inspect equipment, and for using improper rigging.

The crane itself was obsolete for using a man-basket because it lacked a full anti-tube locking system and couldn’t be upgraded to have them, an OSHA spokesperson said. The company also didn’t have a qualified person, properly trained, on site to act as a signal person.

Bottom line: Equipment that needs an upgrade can remain in service, if it’s used for limited persons. And in some cases, an upgrade isn’t possible. This equipment, according to OSHA, was obsolete for use with a man-basket and could not be upgraded to meet new standards.

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