Tag: OSHA inspection

ICHC Presenter to Answer Audience Questions

ICHC Presenter to Answer Audience Questions

TomReardon_rev1 MCM Events welcomes another speaker at the jointly held Crane & Rigging Conference and Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference at the Hampton Inn Hotel & Suites New Orleans-Convention Center, New Orleans, La. The conferences will take place May 23-24, 2012. Tom Reardon, Training Manager, Hoists and Cranes, for Columbus McKinnon Corporation, will provide an overview of OSHA 1910.179, as well as explore crane configurations, regulations, and standards for the industry.
“Many of us have experienced the concern prompted by crane inspection reports listing discrepancies as OSHA violations. Not all of these reports are accurate,” says Reardon. “Some confusion exists among crane and hoist owners, users, and service providers regarding crane configurations and the application of OSHA 1910.179 regulations.”

Reardon is inviting industry stakeholders to submit questions regarding standards and regulations, to which he will source answers from ASME/ANSI, OSHA, CMAA, etc., and share them with delegates at the end of his presentation.

Do you have a question you would like answered? Take part in this survey.


Accident Investigation

Accident Investigation

Precast Inc. Magazine  had a good article in their March/April 2010  issue entitled “Accident Investigation” by Joan Shirikian-Hesselton. When the unthinkable happens action must be taken to ensure the unfortunate event doesn’t happen again.

  • It is essential that investigations be conducted as fact finding not fault finding. What happened?  Don’t look for blame in an investigation – just the facts.
  • Have an established well-developed Investigation Plan. This should be a preplanned process.  The person conducting the investigation should have authority and training. Documentation and good methodology will lead to correct identification of root causes and proper corrective action.  After the investigation there should be follow-ups and reviews of the actions about to be taken and the actions that were taken to eliminate future accidents.

Some OSHA Websites have on-line accident investigation programs and training. OSHAcademy offers a free program program called Effective Accident Investigation. 

Peter Cooke

Peter Cooke is a former Training Manager for Columbus McKinnon Corporation, having specialized in Rigging & Load Securement.

OSHA’s Hot List For Inspections Released

OSHA’s Hot List For Inspections Released

About this time each year, OSHA releases a list of those facilities subject to an OSHA “head to toe” inspection because of their rate for severe injuries.  This year’s list of 15,000 facilities looking forward to an OSHA inspection is out with a new concern:  the costs of violations could skyrocket with some of the “New OSHA” policies.

A newsletter written by McDermott, Will and Emery outlines possible actions that can be taken if your facility has made OSHA’s list.

For those facilities not on the list, don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. OSHA also has special emphasis programs out for inspection of chemical plants and construction sites receiving Recovery Act funding. Based upon the possibility of a compliance inspection, this year may be the year to actually use the OSHA consultation services rather than risk fines that can rise exponentially when they are multiplied by headcount.

Columbus McKinnon can help you provide a safer workplace for your employees and prepare for OSHA inspections.  We provide training on a variety of material handling topics, including hoist inspections and proper rigging techniques.

Our Customer Service departments can help you find the lifting tools to reduce the possibility of future ergonomic injuries.

This post was written by Peg Simons, former Corporate Health & Safety Manager for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.