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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.
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Next door at the Essex House, resident Lottie Varano says it’s not just the workers who are potentially in danger. "They feel like ducks in a shooting gallery," said Varano of his fellow residents. "That’s the best way I have of describing it." Varano has documented on multiple occasions debris that he says fell hundreds of feet onto the Essex House's driveway. "With a 30 pound post and twelve two by fours falling," said Varano, "any one of those could’ve maimed or killed anybody. No question about it." It’s an issue he has taken to the city commission asking for tighter regulations.

Although, much of the regulatory process lies in the hands of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). ABC7 reached out to the developer for 624 Palm Condominiums, but have not heard back. "We’re helpless," said Varano. "We need someone that can say to the contractors enough is enough. Attorney Ted Eastmoore of Matthews and Eastmoore handles cases related to construction safety and says there are a lot of regulations in place. He attributes the higher volume of accidents to the higher volume of construction in the downtown area.

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.
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"We went up like another 20-feet to make sure we cleared everything," Miller said. "You could tell he really didn’t want to be up there." Miller said he talked to Stivers during the slow moving operation to try and calm his nerves.

"I was like, ‘Okay buddy, how you doing?’ He’s like, ‘I’m hurting a little bit. We need to hurry up and get down.’ 'We’re going to be down soon,'" Miller said. "Just coax him through. Let him know that he’s okay. He’s strapped in pretty good. We’re not going to let anything happen to him."

Stivers told firefighters that he was injured when he tripped and fell at the construction site. "Seemed like he hurt his ankle," said Miller. "He hurt his shoulder." Once on the ground, Stivers was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Miller said they had just trained for this exact scenario three months ago. "It was very, I guess you could say, fulfilling to be able to help the guy get down," he said. "Not afraid of heights. So, it really wasn’t a big deal for me.

Office at 200 feet: inside look at tower crane operating
Raymond "Paul" Lacrouts' workday begins with a cup of coffee from 7-Eleven and a brief chat with co-workers. The Lehigh Acres resident then grabs his lunchbox and heads up to his office. Way up. As a tower crane operator at the construction site of the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, Lacrouts may have the best view for miles around.
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He makes a 20-minute climb up a ladder in a cagelike tube to the cab 208 feet overhead — about the height of a 20-story building. "I can see High Point Place, into North Fort Myers and all the way down to Bonita" Springs, said Lacrouts, 47. His Monday-Saturday shift generally starts at 6 a.m., though he started at 1 a.m. Thursday because of a concrete delivery.

"I like to get up there and catch my breath," he said. Lacrouts then settles in for the day in the cab. He has a small visual display, his radio, a petite air conditioner and his lunchbox with a sandwich, grapes, snacks and water. The Golisano Children's Hospital, scheduled to open in 2017, will provide new and expanded pediatric medical services and sub-specialty services to children throughout Southwest Florida

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