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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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OSHA to fine N.H. roofer with record of skipping safeguards
A New Hampshire roofing contractor is facing $152,460 in proposed fines by federal regulators for exposing his employees to falls and other hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Litchfield, New Hampshire-based contractor Michael Cahoon, doing business as High & Dry Roofing, after an inspection found employees working at heights more than 20 feet without fall protection and proper ladder safeguards, according to a news release issued by the agency Tuesday.
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A followup inspection two days after the initial one in June found the same hazards again, leading regulators to cite Mr. Cahoon for two willful violations of workplace safety standards, according to the release and citations. The inspection also identified four repeated violations for hazards similar to those cited in 2012 after OSHA inspections at High & Dry Roofing worksites in Hampton, North Hampton and New Hampshire.

These included failing to provide fall protection for employees working on scaffolds, lack of hard hats and eye protection for workers and failure to secure the operating parts of an air compressor from contact, according to the release. OSHA also issued four serious citations for placing scaffolding too close to a live, 240-volt electrical line; inadequate scaffold access; using ladders on scaffold platforms; and failing to train workers on fall protection, according to the agency.

After the latest violations, the company was placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which keeps an eye on employers who, according to the agency, have demonstrated indifference to their Occupational Safety and Health Act obligations through willful, repeated or failure-to-abate violations.

“This is a repeat violator who knowingly and needlessly refuses to follow basic safety procedures,” Rosemarie Ohar Cole, OSHA's area director for New Hampshire, said in a statement. “High & Dry Roofing employees face the risk of death or disabling injuries every time their employer denies them vital and legally required safeguards.” Mr. Cahoon could not be immediately reached for comment.

Crane collapses, operator injured
LACONIA — A crane operator suffered severe lower body injuries Thursday morning on Province Street after the boom of his crane collapsed during the setup at 9:21 a.m. Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson said the man was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital and later airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Two other employees escaped injury. City Police Officer Lindsey Legere was on patrol in the area and saw the boom collapse and immediately responded to assist, notifying the fire department that there were injuries, said Erickson.
Erickson said all three men were on the ground blocking the tracks when the boom, which was vertical, appeared to fall forward. It struck the victim on the way down but didn't land on him. "The boom formed a triangle as it fell and he was under it," said Erickson. "Something caused it to break." Erickson said the area is sealed off while the New Hampshire State Police and OSHA investigate.
Safety Hazard Information Bulletin on Truck Cranes
The Concord, New Hampshire, Area Office has brought to our attention a potentially serious hazard existing with the use of truck cranes with possibly insufficient load capacities. The problem occurs when trucks fitted with boom cranes are not specifically designed for such applications. The only available load capacity rating in such a situation is the rating of the crane boom structure itself. This rating is inappropriate for use with a truck-crane system since it does not take into account the size of the truck, strength of the truck platform, size or presence of outriggers, and tipping moment and other engineering mechanics considerations that would be required to evaluate and rate the total truck-crane package.
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OSHA 1926.550(a)(1) requires that when manufacturer's specifications applicable to a crane are not available, limitations assigned to the equipment shall be based on the determinations of a qualified engineer. These specifications must take into consideration both the vehicle and crane characteristics. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A92.2-1979 National Standard for Vehicle-mounted Elevating and Rotating Aerial Devices applies to the design, construction, testing, inspection, care and use of machinery including truck cranes with extensible or articulating booms. The standard sets necessary load capacity specifications for both the crane and truck components of such units along with standards for the design and manufacture, testing and inspection, and training of operators for truck cranes.

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