Compulsory Safety Precautions To Avoid Crane Accidents

Compulsory Safety Precautions to Avoid Crane Accidents


Declan Mendez

Cranes are the most used vehicles in construction as well as other institutions that relate to retail and warehousing. While the ones used at the construction are bigger, the same safety precautions, rules, and regulations apply the smaller versions that the retail outlets and warehouses use. Whether you operate such a crane or work in an environment, which uses a crane, you need to follow and ensure some safety precautions for the hassle free working of a crane.

People who work in areas that see crane use should make it a point not to move around at fast paces around the cranes. The crane is one of the most complex vehicles, and you would only making it more difficult for the crane operator to have an incident free day if you flit around endlessly and needlessly. If you are working around a crane, even if it is the interiors, you should consider the area as a street, and look to the right and the left before crossing or moving in an area that sees crane usage.

Organizations and individuals who would be using cranes should ensure that only experienced and trained individuals should operate the crane. They should ensure that the crane itself is fit for use, and there are no potential accidents waiting to happen because of some part of the device not working as it should be.

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While using the cranes, make sure that the operator lifts only the scheduled weight, or there is a risk of an accidental tip off, which might have devastating effects on the nearby area. There should be no overloading either at the crane area or the riding area, as both can hamper the concentration of the operator.

When it comes to using cranes in a roofed area, you should make sure that it has sufficient overhead area and prevent any accidents and unwanted incidents there. Everyone working in the area around the crane should be sensitised to the crane, and trained how to work around it, while providing them the relevant information like critical and urgent safety precautions.

One should also check the feasibility of using the crane in the given area. Make sure to check the safety in terms of construction, moving area for the crane, and whether the electrical connections are up to par, and thereby decrease the chances of any untoward incident.

What kind of crane the organization buys, and who will handle the crane plays an important role in deciding how incident free the crane using experience will be. Therefore, one should make it a point to buy the right model and brand of cranes, and one can achieve this only with proper knowledge and information. The best way to find out which kind of crane would be good for you is to talk to other people in the industry and get the necessary information. Additionally, several websites serve as an information centre for people from the particular business, allowing them to contact each other and share knowledge.

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Over 200 skiers trapped as lift breaks at Maine resort

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 

Rescue efforts are underway to free more than 200 skiers trapped Tuesday at Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort, which is located 120 miles north of Portland. Several injuries were reported after a ski lift broke down; an employee at the resort said this caused several people to fall to the ground.

The Spillway East lift reportedly came to a halt during high winds due to a derailment. Around 10:30 a.m. ET, a cable slid over one tower’s pulley leading to five chairs falling about 30 feet.

Ethan Austin, a resort spokesperson, revealed that several individuals were taken to near-by hospitals with non-life-threatening conditions. At the time, winds originating from this month’s blizzard were blowing up to 43 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. Austin confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the lift was carrying around 220 people at the time of the breakdown.

Efforts to remove trapped skiers are in progress Tuesday afternoon.

Over 200 skiers trapped as lift breaks at Maine resort

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 

Rescue efforts are underway to free more than 200 skiers trapped Tuesday at Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort, which is located 120 miles north of Portland. Several injuries were reported after a ski lift broke down; an employee at the resort said this caused several people to fall to the ground.

The Spillway East lift reportedly came to a halt during high winds due to a derailment. Around 10:30 a.m. ET, a cable slid over one tower’s pulley leading to five chairs falling about 30 feet.

Ethan Austin, a resort spokesperson, revealed that several individuals were taken to near-by hospitals with non-life-threatening conditions. At the time, winds originating from this month’s blizzard were blowing up to 43 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. Austin confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the lift was carrying around 220 people at the time of the breakdown.

Efforts to remove trapped skiers are in progress Tuesday afternoon.

The Science Of Getting More Traffic To Your Trade Show Booth

Submitted by: Stephanie Meacham

What do heat maps and shopping have to do with trade shows?

Most marketers know that heat maps are developed by following the eye path of customers as they look over advertising material such as websites, brochures, etc. What you may not know, however, is that the same eye-catching elements that perform well online or in print can also pull top performances with trade show displays.

In addition, consumer behaviorists that follow the shopping habits of customers have enormous insights into the way people maneuver in crowded spaces. Put the two sciences together and you have a powerful combination of information.

The two primary goals of every trade show booth are to attract attention and to draw people into the booth. Easier said than done when you’re exhibiting in the midst of hundreds of companies surrounded by thousands of people filling each aisle to capacity. Let’s take a look at how to implement some of the science of consumer behavior in order to boost traffic to your booth.

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Shopping vs. Meandering

World-famous consumer behaviorist Paco Underhill wrote one of the best books on how people shop.

Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping delivers exceptional information that was actually observed in real retail environments. One surprising fact Underhill points out is that shoppers almost always turn right after entering a store’s door. If you pay attention to other situations that require a person to “shop” for something (or meander through a hall filled with trade show booths), you’ll find that the occurrence is common in these settings as well.

Stand back and watch. Count the number of people at any given trade show who turn right after entering the door vs. those who turn left. What does this tell you? Get a booth on the right side of the hall if possible. You’ll encounter visitors immediately after they enter when they are fresh and interested instead of tired and trying to escape the ever-growing crowd.

Applying Heat Map Strategies to Trade Show Displays

Heat maps show, in a variety of colors, where people’s eyes land first when viewing an online or printed marketing piece. The hotter the colors get (yellows, oranges and reds), the more attraction certain elements have and the longer people stay locked on those elements.

What wins out every time? Colors, images and things that look out of the ordinary. These same factors can be applied to trade show booths to encourage attendees to hone in on your booth as opposed to all the others.

Inflatables give you an exceptional advantage because they can encompass all three of these elements. Just imagine how quickly trade show visitors would lock in on your booth if it held a 15-foot-tall company mascot. Towering above the rest, this would certainly capture every eye in the place. Or how about massive inflatable product replicas ? A 20-foot-tall, colorful reproduction of your best-selling product would be considered out of the ordinary for sure. And what about in-booth giveaways? You can find inflatable key chains, balls, miniature product replicas and more that fill that bill.

Exhibiting outdoors? Inflatable air tents give those on the midway something to tune into because they are large, colorful and can be fitted with custom banners. Motion is another natural attraction. That’s why helium-filled inflatables make such a perfect addition to any trade show display. Whether swaying in the breeze or rigged with remote capabilities so they can fly anywhere on command, you’re sure to turn many heads.

I can see it now: You book a corner booth on the right side of the hall near the front, add a giant inflatable mascot and some inflatable giveaway items to the mix and crowds just flock to you! This just might be the most successful trade show display you’ve ever had!

About the Author: Stephanie Meacham is Vice President of Landmark Creations who has designed and manufactured custom inflatables since 1986. Looking for trade show displays? Visit Landmark at



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Chameleon snake discovered in Borneo

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 

Scientists from the United States and Germany have discovered a new species of snake capable of changing it’s colours, in the Betung Kerihun National Park on the island of Borneo.

Researchers Mark Auliya from the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig in Bonn and a consultant for the World Wildlife Federation(WWF), and John Murphy and Harold Voris from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago were collecting specimens from the wetlands of the Kapuas river when they stumbled upon the snake’s colour changing ability.

“I put the reddish-brown snake in a dark bucket,” Auliya explained. “When I retrieved it a few minutes later, it was almost entirely white.”

The ability to change colour is known from some reptiles, famously the chameleon, but scientists have seen it very rarely with snakes and are yet to understand the phenomenon. In chameleons, colour change is an expression of it’s physiological condition. Skin color is also influenced by light and temperature.

The two snakes, initially brown with an iridescent sheen, are about a half metre long and venomous. The scientists named them the ‘Kapus-Mud-Snake’.

They are believed to belong to the Enhydris genus, which is composed of 22 species of rear-fanged water snakes, only two of which are widespread. The scientists believe this newly discovered snake might only occur in the Kapuas river drainage system.

“The discovery of the “chameleon” snake exposes one of nature’s best kept secrets deep in the Heart of Borneo.” Said Stuart Chapman, WWF’s international coordinator of the Heart of Borneo Programme. “Its ability to change colour has kept it hidden from science until now.”

In the last ten years 361 new animal and plants species have been discovered on the island of Borneo, however, WWF says wildlife in the region is threatened by deforestation. Today, only half of Borneo’s forest cover remains, down from 75 per cent in the mid 1980s.

There is hope, however, that this trend can be halted. Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia – the three governments which hold jurisdiction over Borneo – recently launched the Heart of Borneo initiative. This aims to preserve approximately 220,000km2 of equatorial forests and numerous wildlife species.

How the Army Corps of Engineers closed one New Orleans breach

Friday, September 9, 2005 

New Orleans, Louisiana — After Category 4 storm Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, on the night before August 29, 2005, several flood control constructions failed. Much of the city flooded through the openings. One of these was the flood wall forming one side of the 17th Street Canal, near Lake Pontchartrain. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the primary agency for engineering support during such emergencies. A USACE team was assessing the situation in New Orleans on the 29th, water flow was stopped September 2nd, and the breach was closed on September 5th.

The breaches that occurred on the levees surrounding New Orleans were located on the 17th Street Canal Levee and London Avenue Canal Levee. The floodwall atop the canal levee was one foot wide at the top and widened to two feet at the base. The visible portion is a concrete cap on steel sheet pile that anchors to the wall. Sheet piles are interlocked steel columns, in this case at least 30 feet long, with 6 to 10 feet visible above ground.

Another breach was on a levee by Industrial Canal, which flooded the east side of the city during the storm.

The 17th Street Canal Levees and London Avenue Canal Levees were completed segments of the Lake Ponchartrain and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Project. Although other portions of the Lake Ponchartrain project are pending, these two segments were complete, and no modifications or improvements to these segments were pending, proposed, or remained unfunded.

The Corps was authorized by Congress to do a reconnaissance study back in 1999 to provide Category 4 or 5 protection. Money was received in 2000 and the reconnaissance study was completed in 2002, which indicated there was a federal interest in proceeding with the feasibility study. Preparation for that study is still underway, and involves issues such as environmental impacts, economics, and the engineering design of the project itself. The feasibility study was scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2006. It may take six years to complete, and there was nothing that could have been done to get this level of protection in place before this storm hit.

Within the city there are 13 subbasins, some of which became flooded. There are existing pumping stations to remove water from the basins. Usually there is much less water to remove, and the level became too high for some pumping stations to continue operation.

One of the services of the USACE is planning, designing, building and operating dams and other civil engineering projects. It has been deeply involved in creating the navigation waterways and flood control constructions around New Orleans, although construction and operation involves various levels of state and local involvement. The Corps is well suited toward emergency activities due to its combination of engineering expertise and being a component of the nation’s military forces. Assigned by the Department of Defense as the primary agency for Public Works and Engineering support, USACE supports FEMA during disasters.

On Saturday, August 27, while Katrina was a Category 3 storm gathering strength in the Gulf of Mexico, USACE’s Mississippi Valley Division was preparing and posturing elements from as far as Hawaii. Anticipating the possibility of a Category 5 storm placing water in New Orleans, preparations began for un-watering operations.

USACE District Engineer, Col. Richard Wagenaar, and a team worked out of an emergency operations shelter in New Orleans. Other teams waited in the storm’s path across the Gulf coast. Corps employees assessed the situation at the 17th Street Canal floodwall that was breached overnight. Corps engineers believed that water over-topped the floodwall, scoured behind the wall, and caused it to collapse. A second breach was known to have occurred on the Industrial Canal during the storm.

The Corps worked with the U.S. Coast Guard, Army National Guard and other state and federal authorities to bring in all assets available to expedite the process. “We’re attempting to contract for materials, such as rock, super sand bags, cranes, etc., and also for modes of transportation ­ like barges and helicopters, to close the gap and stop the flow of water from Lake Pontchartrain into the city,” said Walter Baumy, Engineering Division chief and project manager for closing the breach.

Planning for repairs involved the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the East Jefferson Levee District and Orleans Levee District, to locate materials and access to the breach area.

The New Orleans District’s 350 miles of hurricane levee had been built to withstand a fast-moving Category 3 storm. The fact that Katrina, a category 4-plus hurricane, didn’t cause more damage is considered a testament to the structural integrity of the hurricane levee protection system.

At 2 or 3 AM, Corps officials got a telephone report of a suspected 17th Street Canal breach.

Flooding had begun slowly, but the second disaster appeared as water poured in even as the winds abated. Storm surge and rainfall had raised the level of Lake Pontchartrain, providing an enormous amount of water which poured into the city. By the end of the day much of the city was under as much as 20 feet of water.

Plans were made to begin levee work, including use of 3,000-pound sand bags on the 17 Street Canal. Army National Guard helicopters are expected to begin assisting in the operation August 31.

The breach at the 17th Street Canal Levee, a levee-floodwall combination, is about 300 feet long. It’s believed that the force of the water overtopped the floodwall and scoured the structure from behind and then moved the levee wall horizontally about 20 feet, opening both ends to flow.

State Transportation workers began building a road toward the breach with available equipment.

The Corps released two contracts to close the breach in the 17th Street Canal. The 3,000 pound sandbag operation at the 17th Street Canal was postponed early in the day when U.S. Army Chinook helicopters were diverted for rescue missions. The Corps continued to coordinate with Army officials to have helicopters assist in placement of sandbags at the breaches. The 3,000 pound sandbags are each about 3 feet square.

Corps officials worked with Orleans Parish and Louisiana Department of Transportation officials and Boh Brothers Construction Company, headquartered in New Orleans, to place piling at the lakefront to stop flow in the 17th Street Canal. This would stabilize the water flow and allow work on the levee, while also helping to stabilize the rest of the levee system.

Along with local and state officials, the Corps contracted to build access roads to the breach sites and to fill in the breaches. Rock/stone/crushed concrete would be hauled by truck for road construction and to repair the breaches. One plan called for building an access road from Hammond Highway to the 17th Street breach, and then southward to the end of the breach. The road would have to be built to safely permit backing and dumping of heavy materials.

Lake Pontchartrain was almost back to normal levels, so little water flowed out of the city. This allows a change of plans, and marine equipment was used to drive sheet piling at the mouth of the 17th Street Canal to seal off the entire canal from the lake.

Shortly after 1 PM the first piece sheet piling is driven, to form a steel wall across the lake’s entrance to the 17th Street canal. The opening was expected to be closed by the end of the day. A contractor began bringing in rock to build a road toward the breach. The breach was south and east of the Hammond Highway bridge over the canal, with dry land on the west side of the bridge.

Rock was being transported from offsite to complete the access road and closure at the 17th Street breach. Once the rock required to build the roads arrived in New Orleans and the access road to the breach has been completed, the Corps estimated closure of the breach could be completed in three to four days. Several private firms have volunteered services and provided assistance in design of the closure.

The 17th Street Canal Levee, a levee-floodwall combination, was now estimated to have a breach 450 feet long. It was still believed water overtopped the floodwall, scoured the structure, and then moved the structure 20 feet horizontally.

On east side of the 17th Street Canal, closure by sheet piling of the 200-foot-wide canal was done after the Corps was confident that the lake had fallen to a normal level and water was not trapped inside the city that would otherwise drain out by gravity.

Water could no longer flow from the lake into the city.

With the mouth of the canal sealed, the sheet piling prevented lake water from getting to the levee breach. Since no additional water can get through the breach it was no longer necessary to seal the breach itself. The next step is to get existing pumps working, and to bring in additional pumps to drain the surrounding city and the canal. Later, the canal can be drained so permanent repairs will be made to the levee.

Helicopters were dropping large sandbags made of strong, synthetic materials in the breach. Heavy equipment on the ground has been placing rock. Ground access was created by building a rock road from Hammond Highway, which is about 700 feet lake-ward of the breach. The 17th Street Canal is a drainage canal whose dimensions and an important bridge, integral to the flood control system, would not permit entry of barges and towboats to haul rocks and placement cranes.

Work continued on the breach. The sheet piling still blocks water from flowing in.

17th Street Canal breach was closed. After the emergency is over, the canal will be drained and the wall repaired.

Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters had dropped over 200 sand bags. Approximately 125 sandbags had broken the surface of the water.

There were three 42″ mobile pumps staged and two 42″ and two 30″ pumps were placed at the sheet pile closure. Sewer & water board, electric utility and 249th Prime Power Engineer Battalion were completing pump house inspection.

When pumps began operation, a 40-foot-wide opening was made in the sheet piling to allow water to flow out the canal.

The pump stations began to get online on 17th Street Canal. Pump Station 10 was actually pumping at this point. Pump Station 6 was interrupted to clean up some debris out of the area.

Fire burns at Barangaroo construction site, Sydney, Australia

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 

A large fire has started at the Barangaroo construction site overlooking Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. The construction company said fire broke out at about 2:10pm local time (0310 UTC) and appeared to have been caused by a welding accident in the basement of a building.

All site workers were evacuated without injury, according to Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer. Large clouds of smoke were continuing to pour out of the building, casting a thick pall of smoke over the city skyline. Some nearby buildings have also been evacuated, including the KPMG building and offices of the Macquarie Bank.

Firefighters reported concern about a tower crane overhanging the building basement site. There were fears that the crane could buckle due to the heat and collapse. Firefighters were working to keep the base of the crane cool, and the stability of the structure was being monitored with lasers.

The Western Distributor motorway was closed to traffic, and Sydney Harbour Bridge partly closed. There had been major disruptions in traffic and multiple roads in the Sydney CBD (Central Business District) were gridlocked. People catching buses were advised to expect long delays.

Mixing The Right Elements Of Great House Remodeling

By Jon Caldwell

In remodeling your house, you should first consider how far your budget can go. And if you think your resources will not really allow you to go on with the project, you need to delay the work first while saving up for the required money.

Once you are ready to renovate, and you really want to make your home look refurbished, focus on the kitchen and bathrooms. These two rooms in your house are the priciest to remodel, hence upon finish, your house will appear to have more value.

Sometimes remodeling does not mean outright tearing down of the walls and ceilings. You only have to add some fixtures such cabinets, shelves or a window. Repainting can be a good way of remodeling your house without necessarily reconstructing anything.

You want to remodel your house, or at least give it a new, fresh look. You have laid out your plan and have filed for a leave from your work. You even solicited the help of your spouse and he happily agreed. You are ready and set to start on the renovation, but you are constrained by your budget.

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In this case, you still can freshen up and give your home a touch of newness. Refurbishing does not only entail carpentry work. You don’t have to hire the services of a contractor at all. All you need is some imagination, a few pieces of interior decors and perhaps a new shade of paint. Hanging paintings on the wall, draping fresh curtains on the windows and re-varnishing furniture can give your home a totally different look without going through the pains hiring an expensive remodeling team.

Some house remodeling tasks can either be undertaken by the owners themselves or contracted out to professionals or experts on the field. Which ever way the owner wants the task done, before starting any remodeling project, the first thing to be considered is the estimation of the cost.

To approximate the cost, the house owner must be able to compare prices among various outlets from where he will be making purchases of the materials to be used. This way he is able to get the most out of his money. In other cases too, the house owner, in order to save himself the time, may just entrust the cost estimation to his contractor.

It’s true that remodeling your house on your own can save you the cost of hiring a professional contractor. However consider the hassles that come along with doing the project by yourself.

First, you are not an expert on the matter. You are not very knowledgeable about economical ways of using materials available. In the end, you might be dismayed to find yourself spending more than what you expected. Second, since you are not an expert on the matter (unless you are an architect or engineer) you might not be able to competently meet the time frame of your project. This will create a problem later on especially when you find out you have spent almost all of your vacation days and yet your house remodeling project is only half way through.

If you happen to visit a home furnishing shop, you might be astounded to find out so many new and modern and lovely designs for bathrooms, it can be confusing which one to pick. But don’t be too carried away by the amazing displays you see in these shops. Be prudent.

Firstly, make up your mind about your purpose in remodeling your bathroom. Why do you want to remodel it anyway? Is it for convenience and comfort? Or is it plainly to satisfy your want for aesthetics? These questions will guide you in selecting and deciding which bathroom fixtures and design you really need and want.

About the Author: Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at


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Chef who appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ commits suicide

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 

Joseph Cerniglia, a chef who had appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s television show Kitchen Nightmares, has commited suicide. Cerniglia was the owner of Italian restaurant Campania. He jumped off a bridge into the Hudson river on the New York–New Jersey border. At the time of filming in 2007, Cerniglia owed suppliers $80,000.

Officials reported that 39-year-old Cerniglia had jumped off of the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson. His death has officially been ruled as suicide. His body was retrieved from the river after reports of a man jumping off of the bridge.

Ramsay released a statement to the Press Association saying “I was fortunate to spend time with Joe during the first season of Kitchen Nightmares. Joe was a brilliant chef, and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and staff.”

Cerniglia told Ramsay about his personal debt when he came to the restaurant in 2007. He said “I am financially in trouble. The debt of the restaurant alone is overwhelming. My personal debt — wife, kids, mortgage — that’s a lot of debt”.