OSHA, crane interests extend hazard prevention-focused partnership

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA and the Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Partners have renewed an alliance to improve the safety and health of workers who manufacture and use overhead material handling equipment. During the five-year agreement, they will develop best practice fact sheets and training resources aimed at preventing worker exposures to electrical shock, electrocution, falls from elevation and being struck-by moving equipment.

The alliance will address new crane, hoist and monorail industry technology; promote cooperative program initiatives including the National Safety Stand-Down and protecting temporary workers; and, encourage a culture of safety within the industry, especially among small businesses and non- and limited English speaking workers.

“Our alliance with CHM has been invaluable in helping to reduce and prevent serious or fatal incidents in the material handling industry,” says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “We will continue to focus on efforts and resources that implement best industry practices that help keep crane, hoist, and monorail operators safe and healthy.”

CHM Partners consists of Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Hoist Manufacturers Institute, and Monorail Manufacturers Association. They are among 800 members of the Material Handling Institute, which was established in 1945 and is the nation’s largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association. Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. Participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits.