By James Headley Cranes Today, August 2014. In 1988, James Headley of the Crane Institute of America, argued in Cranes Today that the industry placed far too much responsibility for safety on the shoulders of operators. While much progress has been made, US OSHA still has to implement a new Cranes and Derricks rule. With that in mind,Cranes Today has run an edited version of Headley’s original article including new commentary.
Headley says: Already shouldering an enormous burden of responsibility the operator also has to face almost total accountability for any mishaps that occur during a lift. But is this burden fairly apportioned, and should managers and supervisors be made more aware of the operator’s plight? Years later, these words are more relevant than ever, for the operator is held by many as being responsible for over 80% of crane accidents. Read the full article in Cranes Today.