Florida State Hoisting License Requirements
Currently, your state does not mandate a Crane Operator License. Please beware that soon you will need a Crane Operator Certificate to operate a crane if Alaska decides not to commence licensing. A growing number of jobs are now requiring Crane Operator Certification.
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Two construction accidents in less than a month raise safety concerns
"SARASOTA, Fla.-- It caught the city’s attention, when two construction workers dangled 150 feet above downtown Sarasota. The incident happened in June after a scaffolding line snapped near the 15th floor of the new Vue Condominiums.
In the end, firefighters performed what’s called a “high-angled rescue,” bringing the workers to safety. At the time, Michael Regnier, the Sarasota County fire chief, told ABC7 those types of rescues were rare.
Regnier had seen only about six of them in the last three decades.
Less than one month later though, an almost identical incident happened at the nearby 624 Palm Condominiums, leaving another worker clinging to life after a scaffolding motor malfunction. Again the Sarasota County Fire Department came to the rescue.
Crane lifts injured construction worker to safety in Clearwater Beach
An injured construction worker on the Wyndham Grand Resort on Clearwater Beach needed a high flying technical rescue operation to get him to safety.
"Because it’s a construction site... they don’t really have any stairs or any elevators," said Eric Miller with Clearwater Fire & Rescue. "We had to do a high angle rescue to get him down."
Miller was the Special Operations firefighter who could be seen dangling from the basket that lowered the construction worker, Michael Stivers, 53, to the ground from the fourth floor of the hotel Thursday morning.