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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is one of those government agencies many have heard of; but, many do not truly know what its duties are. Specifically, the OSHA's prime mission is to reduce workplace related illnesses, deaths, and injuries.

Of course, the word "workplace" is quite broad. This is why the OSHA's focus is broken down into various facets. One incredible important component is the oversight the OSHA provides to cranes.

While cranes do provide a very valuable service they also come with quite a bit of risk. Specifically, without operating and manufacturing regulations, the safe operation of a crane would be compromised. This would not be a small matter. The risks presented from an improperly manufactured or operated crane are enormous. Again, this is why oversight and regulation are so important.

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Probably the most important function of the OSHA as it relates to cranes is the implementation of specific safety standards. That is, the OSHA provides detailed rules for the construction of cranes as well as specific guidelines for the maintenance of cranes. This prevents faulty designed models from reaching the public. It also makes sure that those quality cranes remain properly functional as well.

Most importantly, these safety standards are not fixed in time. That is, amendments, revisions, and additions can be made to the safety standards as needed. This is a critical component to the OSHA's oversight. After all, if oversight was fixed to a particular point in time then it would not be oversight.

The OSHA also institutes a number of mandatory inspection rules for cranes. This is done to ensure that all cranes currently in the public square are in proper working order and do no present any safety problems. Some of the current inspection rules include: mandatory yearly inspections on all overheard cranes; load test inspections following the repair and alteration of a crane; the immediate inspection of a crane that had previous not been in use for an extended period of time. On this latter area, there are two different types of inspections required depending upon whether or not the crane has been out of use less than six months or more than six months.

Also, the OSHA deserves a great deal of credit for it would be providing a clear and standardized "language" for crane operation. That is, many different people will have different terms for the parts of a crane. This opens the door for a number of colloquialisms to find their way into the popular vernacular. This can pose a problem since legal and regulatory definitions must be clearly defined. As such, the OSHA has provided a detailed list of standardized terms and definitions for cranes and their parts. This provides a much needed focus to the subject.

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As one can see, the OSHA provides increased safety for the operation of cranes. This is allows cranes to perform their primary duty without creating a serious safety hazard. Ultimately, that makes cranes more effective for those employing their use which, in turn, translates into a more profitable work environment. If you have been injured in a crane accident contact a lawyer today.

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