April 2016 Newsletter

workerIn this issue: Crane Industry Services and its Partners announce Trade Up, a new skilled labor supply pipeline for contractors. Trade Up is part skills-gap assessment, part coordinated training, and part recruitment effort.

“Answering the call for skilled labor requires a cohesive and coordinated approach between contractors, industry, and specialty service providers who can help individuals achieve lifelong, reliable careers as skilled craft professionals,” said Debbie Dickinson, CEO of CIS. “A multi-pronged approach is the only logical solution to the skilled labor supply shortage,” said Peter Krammer, Managing Partner of ELA Consulting Group, a partner in the Trade Up initiative.

Also featured

  • Why Women are good for construction.
  • Crane Industry Services renews certification from National Women Business Owners Corporation as a Woman Business Enterprise.
  • NYC Continues to consider crawler crane safety rules.
  • Best practices for crane assembly and disassembly.
  • OSHA renews alliance with overhead crane groups

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February 2016 Newsletter

Communication Safety InjuriesIn this issue: Communication, How Re-Work Impacts Safety.

Cliff Dickinson, President of Crane Industry Services LLC (CIS) discusses how to safeguard crews from crane and rigging accidents due to re-work or unplanned work. Communication is key to prevention. According to J.D. Slaughter of S & B Engineers and Constructors Ltd., his company found that 72% of injuries occur during rework or unplanned work. He recommends shielding crews from variability to maintain safe job sites.

Slaughter recently spoke to members of the Southeastern Construction Owners & Associates Roundtable. He shared a study his company conducted, which found that 72% of their workplace injuries occurred during unplanned work or re-work.

Also featured

  • CIS joins Tree Care Industry Association.
  • Construction industry partners with career and technical educators. NCCER and Association of Career and Technical Educators host Construction Career Pathways Conference.
  • National Safety Council offers tips for improving safety meetings. Goal is to motivate workers.
  • OSHA extends comment period for Safety and Health Program Management guidelines.
  • New crane safety management guide designed to reduce accidents. Available through Specialized Carriers & Riggers Association.
  • Study connects healthy and safe workforce with financial performance. Tracks stock market performance of 17 companies over 13 years.
  • More heavy equipment technicians needed. Association of Equipment Distributors releases study.

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December 2015 Newsletter

Crane Inspections

Conquering the Post-Assembly Inspection of a Limited Edition Crane

Post-assembly crane inspections happen on jobs across the country every day, but, it’s not every day that the cranes include enormous, limited edition machines. Crane Industry Services was called on by Maxim Crane Works in 2015 to deliver a third-party, post-assembly crane inspection of their Manitowoc 31000, of which there are only two in the world, and by Derr & Isbell Construction for two Liebherr LR 11000s configured with the PowerBoom (P-Boom).  Read the newsletter…

October 2015 Newsletter

Wake Up Crane & Rigging Managers!

You have a personal and possibly legal responsibility to qualify your employees

By Debbie Dickinson

A recent article titled, “Is OSHA going to put you in jail?”, written by Howard Mavity of Fisher & Phillips LLP, raises interesting points as it relates to the current compliance climate. While Mavity admits that criminal provisions under OSHA are weak, he is seeing a trend whereby prosecution may be sought against employers under other Federal and State laws for OSHA violations. Read the newsletter…

July 2015 Newsletter

Improving Training for At-Risk Workers

Jobsite fatalities remain high for young, Hispanic construction workers

A recent report released by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health identifies young, Hispanic construction workers as being the most at risk for being killed on the job. This is not a new trend, but continues to be a serious problem. This ethnic group was the only one to see an increase in the number of workplace fatalities in 2013. Read the newsletter…

May 2015 Newsletter

Bridging the EHS Management Gap between Senior Execs and Workers

How to effectively deliver important information to and from leadership and the rest of the company

Speaking at the 2015 Indiana Safety and Health Conference in March, Debbie Dickinson, CEO and Director of Development for Crane Industry Services, engaged health and safety professionals from a wide variety of industries about the important role they play. Read the newsletter…