Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mobile Cranes

How’s your crane certification coming along? The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) today (12/22/2009) reminded businesses that new crane safety standards taking effect Jan. 1 require construction cranes in Washington to be certified, but only a fraction have done so.

Of an estimated 7,000 cranes used in construction in the state, only 700 have been certified, including just 20 tower cranes. There are an estimated 100 tower cranes currently erected throughout the state.

“There are a huge number of cranes not certified,” said Dan McMurdie, manager of L&I’s Construction and Specialty Services program. “Businesses should have been working on this all year, but if they haven’t, they certainly should now.” He said there are about 50 people statewide trained to certify cranes, noting that an inspection can take a few hours to a week or more, depending on the crane’s size and complexity. To see the full story go to the L&I website at www.lni.wa.gov/news/2009/pr091222a.asp.

In addition to the crane certification, there is also requirements for operator training and certification, so if you haven’t, it’s time to get going and remember Evergreen can help.

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