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Working with cranes has a number of rewards. Without those workers who utilize cranes to aid in the construction and transportation industries, there would be no economy. That is why it is critical that crane operators are provided with a safe working environment.

Unfortunately, we can not always leave things up to human judgment when trying to maintain a safe working environment. There needs to be rules and regulations in place in order to make sure a worksite as safe as possible. This is why the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is such an important agency. It is a federal agency designed to conduct research into work related injuries and illnesses. This research then allows the NIOSH to make recommendations on how to improve workplace safety. These recommendations become part of workplace safety regulations.

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This can prove very helpful for those who work with cranes and their related equipment. When research teams from the NIOSH record information about workplace problems, they can advise methods of improvement. This would have the obvious benefit of reducing the potential for crane related injuries. Now, some may assume that arriving at such conclusions would not be very difficult. Actually, the process is far more complex that some would assume.

Some may downplay the work that the NIOSH. This is unfortunate because the NIOSH was directly involved with drawing attention to the dangers of electrocution when working with cranes. In particular, the NIOSH acknowledged the dangers associated with working on a crane when close to an overhead power line. It appeared to the NIOSH that many employers are unaware of the potential hazards with power lines. To arrive at a proper recommendation, the NIOSH conducted research into six cases of power line/crane electrocutions.

Of course, issues concerning electrocution are no the crane safety/hazard areas that they NIOSH has discovered. The danger associated with crane safety is more varied than many would initially assume. Other common crane trouble spots include crane "tip over" issues, boom collapses, and injuries resulting from hoisted loads that the operator has lost control of. While there are other accidents that can occur, these are the most common ones. As such, precautions must be taken in order to avoid these accidents from occurring. Thankfully, the NIOSH provides a number of recommendations regarding how to avoid these accidents.

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For example, the NIOSH provided a list of recommended tips for crane operators, riggers, and employers. These tips are designed to enhance a safer worker environment for all involved. Tips for crane operators include always checking the manufacturer's recommended load chart, avoid swinging loads when others are in the radius of the crane, and calculate the weight of a load accurately before lifting. Riggers are suggested to avoid working directly under a load and always keep a watchful eye out for potential problems. Employers are suggested to follow all federal regulations and provide proper training for crane operators and riggers. Of course, there are many more recommendations available that span many pages of NIOSH manuals. It is best to follow as many of these recommendations as possible. This will work wonders for reducing potential crane related injuries. If you have been injured contact a crane accident lawyer today.

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