Crane safety in the spotlight

World Crane Transport Summit - 01- LR

AN analysis of more than 750 crane and rigging related accidents since 1987, and the lessons that can be learned from them, will be among the topics at the World Crane and Transport Summit (WCTS) in Miami, Florida, on November 12 and 13.

Jim Wiethorn, principal engineer at Haag Engineering and a veteran of the US crane and rigging industry, will use his presentation at the Biltmore Hotel to outline the findings of Haag’s study,Crane Accidents: A Study of Causes and Trends to Create a Safer Work Environment, 1983-2013

“Every lift and accident is unique, and our goal was to evaluate a broad cross-section of accidents in order to provide constructive information to the crane industry on factors causative of crane accidents,” said Wiethorn, the author of the study. Wiethorn is just one of more than 19 lifting and specialised transport professionals who will be participating in the fourth WCTS, which is the first to be held in the USA.

The two-day conference has become an important gathering place for the world’s crane and heavy transport industries and this year speakers will focus on crane rental trends, training, crane regulations, and the impact of investment in energy and oil and gas on the crane and transport sectors.