What’s On Your Crane Inspection Checklist?

Does your checklist provide a daily, weekly, monthly checklist?  Are your contractors performing the proper inspections before and after each shift? A crane inspection checklist keeps your workers safe and ensures your machinery is running properly.

Crane Inspection checklists are of the utmost importance for following safety protocols at your worksite. Keeping a crane inspection checklist is not only a necessary safety protocol, it’s also an effective method for ensuring compliance with OSHA requirements, which requires inspection of problem areas to ensure safe operation.

The purpose of the crane inspection checklist is to maintain the crane’s efficiency while protecting contractors at your worksite. Normally, a crane inspection checklist begins with a walk around inspection. Daily inspections should begin at the beginning of each shift, with the crane operator checking for defects using the checklist and walk around inspection. Upon detection of problems, crane operators can then forward the daily crane inspection checklist to their supervisor, ensuring proper protocol is followed. Operators and supervisors should make it a habit to review prior inspection checklists before operation of the crane including maintenance requirements.

There should also be a periodic check, most often on a monthly basis, to address any longstanding issues with the crane. These issues may include repair and replacement part determinations, including noting structural defects in the crane.

Construction Safety Experts can provide an in-depth analysis of your cranes, providing documentation with noted malfunctions, structural defects, and repair requirements. Our safety specialists are trained to find even the smallest issues which may cause issues in the future. For more information on crane inspections, including crane inspection checklists, contact Construction Safety Experts today.

Accredited Crane Operator Training

At Construction Safety Experts, our aim is to provide high-quality training and materials, including accredited crane operator training, to ensure safety on the job. Construction Safety Experts utilizes the National Certification Program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) which meets OSHA regulations. We prepare candidates by providing NCCCO training which includes a written examination preparation course, a written examination, and a practical examination to ensure comprehension. Find out more about our crane operator training courses and how they can save you money and ensure retention of the course materials.

Affordable and Accredited Crane Operator Training

Our course is designed to inform students on key safety procedures as outlined in the National Certification Program. Similar courses offered by other training organization take up to four days at a significant cost. In comparison, we can conduct a comprehensive preparation course in just one day, so your business saves time and money while ensuring that your crane operators are knowledgeable about safety procedures.

By providing an accredited crane operating training course to your crane operators, you can fast-track your worksite efficiency while reducing risk and enhancing safety procedures. Your staff’s safety, and the safety of the public, is of the utmost importance, and Construction Safety Experts provides the essentials you need to access and build on the knowledge and skills required by OSHA to perform safe crane operations.

Our one-day crane operator preparation class includes the following:

  • Load charts
  • Daily inspection
  • Crane set up
  • Leveling the crane
  • OSHA and ANSI standards
  • Electrical hazard awareness
  • Operating practices
  • Operator responsibilities
  • Static/dynamic loads
  • Center of gravity
  • Radius, boom length, boom angles
  • Rated strength
  • Stability
  • Side loading
  • Load chart interpretations and calculations
  • Multi crane lifts
  • Pick and carry practices
  • Outrigger usage
  • Wire rope
  • Safe rigging practices
  • Rigging and hardware inspections
  • Personnel platforms
  • Critical lifts
  • Hand and radio signal

With the help of Construction Safety Experts, you can provide accredited crane operator certifications to your entire staff at half the cost of traditional courses. Contact Construction Safety Experts today to learn more about our crane operator courses and NCCCO training. Call 1-866-463-0669 to learn more and speak with a representative today.

Planning Projects Safely

Plan your projects safely by using safety training services and on-site safety training provided by Construction Safety Experts. Our team of safety experts work with your company to educate and train your staff, so they adhere to the safety standards your business adopts. We also offer a collection of accredited certification programs and training programs to prepare your staff for further examinations.

The Easiest Way To Plan Projects Safely

Perhaps the easiest way to plan projects safely is with the assistance of an on-site safety professional. We match you with certified professionals specializing in various safety fields to suit the needs of your company. Safety professionals ensure that your project stays on track while your contractors adhere to the best safety practices. With the help of an on-site safety professional, you can prevent accidents on the job and prepare your contractors for the risks and hazards in their field.

Certifications and Safety Training

Construction Safety Experts provides high-quality courses and certification programs for your contractors, so your business adheres to industry regulations and prevents accidents on the job. Some of the training courses we provide are as follows:

MSHA Safety Training

We provide approved MSHA instructors to prepare miners for advanced mine safety tactics in a broad range of safety topics. We offer safety training for MSHA part 46 and MSHA part 48 and other training such as hazard awareness.

OSHA Training

Construction Safety Experts offers an extensive OSHA safety training program which includes OSHA 10 and 30-hour seminars, crane and rigging programs, fall protection training, hazard communication, and more.

Construction Safety Experts offers accredited certification programs to ensure compliance and expand the safety practices on your project site. Some of the certification programs we offer include:

AISC Certification

Our American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Certification prepares contractors in the steel industry for equipment policies and safety procedures. The AISC certification program can prepare businesses for the application process and subsequent audits by providing mock auditing services and training.

Crane Operator Certification

We provide accredited crane operator training programs that meet the conditions outlined in the National Certification Program, preparing candidates for their CCO certification examinations.

Contact Construction Safety Experts today, and speak with a representative about your safety training needs to customize a solution for your needs. With the help of Construction Safety Experts, you can ensure safe projects on your worksite.

Assessing Risk Through Safety Consulting

Hire a safety consultant to assess risk and prevent injury on the job. Our safety consultants are qualified experts in their field, bringing their experience and expertise to your job site to access the greatest risks while providing solutions to remedy hazardous conditions.

How Safety Consultants Access Risk

A safety training consultant surveys your worksite for possible hazardous conditions and provides training to your contractors. Their job is to educate you and your workers on planning a safe project and objectives, including a risk assessment analysis. Our safety consultants locate dangerous areas on your project site. Risk can be assessed depending on the type of job performed and its requirements. For example, a high-risk job, like working on a rig, has different safety requirements than a lower risk job. A safety training consultant can pinpoint the level of risk for each position and provide training and risk assessment to modify conditions.

Our safety consultants help determine the risks associated with your project, first by examining the likelihood of an accident. These factors are dependent on the environment and jobs required during your project. Our safety consultants can then assist you with planning in the event of an accident, provide hazard assessment, and devise solutions to ensure a safe work environment.

Providing A Safe Workplace

Safety consulting can ensure a safe workplace. Can your contractors work safely, make it to their worksites safely, and do they know the protocols in case of emergency? Our safety training consultants help you answer all of these questions and design a customized plan for your needs.

Construction Safety Experts provides the following safety consulting services to our clients:

  • Safety Staffing
  • Project safety professionals for short or long-term assignments
  • Expert witness
  • Crane and rigging safety programs
  • Project-specific safety plans
  • Worksite audits
  • Accident investigation
  • Health and safety handbooks
  • Hazard communication
  • OSHA star programs

In addition to our safety consulting services, Construction Safety Experts helps to maintain your project’s operations through our project management services and safety consultancy. Contact Construction Safety Experts today to learn more about assessing risk with our safety consulting services and speak with a representative about your project.

How to Prevent Accidents on the Job With Safety Consultants

Hiring a safety consultant can prevent accidents on the job, ensuring that your project runs smoothly. Construction Safety Experts provides a broad range of services, including on-site safety program consultants, to address any safety issues your project might face. We offer training and worksite audits to enhance the safety culture on the job, and we work with you to determine which services can benefit your company the most.

Our safety program consultants offer many types of services to address safety concerns during your project. Some of these services include:

  • Safety Staffing
  • Project safety professionals for short or long-term assignments
  • Expert witness
  • Crane and rigging safety programs
  • Project-specific safety plans
  • Work site audits
  • Accident investigation
  • Health and safety handbooks
  • Hazard communication
  • OSHA star programs

What Our Safety Consultants Do

Our safety program consultants help address issues with your current operations and formulate customized safety programs for your contractors. We start by providing a risk assessment based on your current safety programs. For example, Construction Safety Experts offers crane & rigging and safety management services to certify and train your contractors on how to safely operate cranes, avoid accidents, and maintain their respective responsibilities while on the job.

Our safety consultants can provide in-depth risk assessments by investigating past accidents and evaluating job sites, and we offer program development through written manuals. Our on-site safety professionals work closely with your project managers to create a customized solution for your team.

How Hiring A Safety Consultant Reduces Costs

Preventing future accidents saves your company money and makes for a superior work environment wherein your contractors feel safe and prepared. In the event of an accident, the training we provide ensures that your projects experience little downtime and accidents are resolved or prevented in a professional manner. By limiting downtime and preventing accidents before they occur, you drastically reduce the financial burden an accident poses for your company and the danger to your staff.

The Benefits of On-Site Safety Professionals

Our experience has shown us that hiring a safety consultant can save your business time and money. Why spend needless hours scouring directories for an on-site safety professional? At Construction Safety Experts, we offer customized programs with decades of experience. Our safety consultants will evaluate the current conditions of your safety program and consult with you to determine the needs of your company and the programs your team needs to succeed. Call us today to schedule a consultation and let us develop the perfect safety program for you.

Fall Protection Training

Understanding Fall Protection Training and Why it Matters

At Construction Safety Experts, we are committed to providing the necessary resources to your contractors and project managers to prevent falls through fall protection training and education. The first step in preventing falls is to explain how and why falls occur and how to prevent them based on your job site. Our on-site safety professionals work closely with you and your contractors to educate you and develop the best fall protection system based on your work site evaluation.

What is Fall Protection Training?

Fall protection training uses carefully designed materials and equipment to prevent falls at your job site. Most often, the equipment we refer to is a full body harness, fall arrest system and anchorage point to slow and arrest a body in the event of a fall. We know that the safety of your workers is of the utmost importance, and that’s why construction safety experts work closely with project managers and contractors to develop a customized solution based on the environment and structure of your work site.

Fall Protection Training reduces the risks of working at dangerous heights or on poorly constructed supports. Our safety experts assess the risk of falls and provide the proper materials to train your workers accordingly.

Many workers do not understand the basics of fall protection. This is detrimental to these workers, as it places them at an increased risk of falls, and it is not good for business, as it slows the productivity of your work site.

5 Fall Protection Basics

  • Equipment must regularly be inspected for wear and tear. Check often and early to replace equipment that could result in injury.
  • Understand the dangers of falls on the job. Falls are one of the leading causes of fatal accidents in the construction industry and also one of the most preventable.
  • Different fall protection equipment is available given the size, complexity, and structure of a work site. Educate workers on the proper equipment to use in various scenarios.
  • Aside from personal fall protection devices, guardrails are required depending on height.
  • Have a plan in the event of a fall, including retrieval, written down in the case of emergency.

Construction Safety Experts provides fall protection training through various source material and with the assistance of our on-site safety professionals. Our company has decades of experience in safety procedures and fall protection systems.

Find out more about Construction Safety Experts, and contact us today to speak with a fall protection specialist about the services we can provide your company.

 

 

The Top 2 Reasons Why Your Company Needs Construction Safety Services

Safety experts offers construction safety services for various industries, and our aim is to provide quality risk assessment, safety training, and construction safety consultation services to clients across the country. Given the unique needs of the construction industry, Construction Safety Experts offers customized solutions and construction safety managers for your on-site safety training.

Why Construction Safety Services Are Important For Your Company

 

Reduce Accidents

Falls and accidents on the job are an expensive risk for your company.  That’s why Construction Safety Experts offers safety consulting services such as worksite audits to mitigate your company’s liabilities. Our construction safety professionals identify risks that often go unnoticed in the worksite, accessing these risks based on the type and scope of a project. We offer truly customized plans for your company’s safety requirements. We identify these risks using a complex auditing system and assist your business with extensive program development. In this way, our company can identify deficiencies in a project before it even begins

Increase Productivity

Investing in a strong safety program can also bolster contractor morale and cut down on insurance rates. Growing a safety culture in your worksite increases your ROI in many ways. Contractors feel more at ease, and their productivity skyrockets, yielding significant savings for your company. Although productivity is perhaps the most visible and profitable return on your investment, a safety culture also promotes a reputable company image. Companies with a strong safety program are considered more reputable than companies with minimal safety measures in place.  Also, insurance agencies often deliver significant cuts to companies with a solid safety program by supplying discounts to your company and its contractors.

The services we provide are varied and truly customizable. At Construction Safety Experts, we understand that every company is different, and the complexity of our clients’ projects differ from business to business.

Here are some of the safety consulting services we offer:

      • Safety Staffing
      • Project safety professionals for short or long-term assignments
      • Expert witness
      • Crane and rigging safety programs
      • Project specific safety plans
      • Work site audits
      • Accident investigation
      • Health and safety handbooks
      • Hazard communication
      • OSHA star programs

Our Construction Safety Managers

 

There are many benefits of having a construction safety manager on site. Not only do these construction safety managers offer personalized training for your entire staff of workers, but they also work diligently during the entirety of your work site project by providing your team with expert advice and the tools your company needs to prevent accidents and protect your contractors. Our construction safety managers are on the ground, working tirelessly with your company and contractors to implement safety strategies that are project-specific while maintaining a quality service approach.

Our on-site construction safety managers are experts in construction safety management. We hire only the best safety managers with years of experience providing safety management and risk assessment for long and short term projects. Construction Safety Experts offers many types of services based on the needs of your project, including our on-site safety managers. Our other services include OSHA training that includes OSHA training seminars for 10 and 30 hour courses; MSHA training, including training plans for a broad range of safety topics; and AISC Certification Programs, the most reputable certification program in the steel industry.

If your company is looking for a truly customized safety plan created by experts with years of experience, take a look at our services in-depth today. Begin your safety program with the help of Construction Safety Experts, a leader in construction safety solutions across the country. Contact us today, and begin your safety program with the help of a company with well over 50 years of combined safety management expertise.

How A Safety Consultant Can Prevent Accidents On The Job

Construction work is an inherently dangerous occupation merely due to the nature of the work being done. Rules and best-practices have been developed over time to help mitigate the danger, and they are effective. Construction related injuries and deaths have decreased significantly over the past several decades. However, there is no substitute for having a qualified, certified construction safety consultant present on your site.

The cost of workplace accidents is more significant than it appears on the surface. Not only are you spending money on the cost of the injury or illness, you’re also covering the indirect cost of lost productive time. Contacting a safety consultant to assist with setting up an injury and illness prevention program will go a long way toward mitigating these potential costs.

How Safety Program Consultants Can Help

A construction safety consultant can work with site management to implement the necessary procedural infrastructure to minimize workplace accidents. These procedures  may include designating an individual to perform functions related to ensuring that safety procedures are followed and that accidents are handled appropriately, as well as developing and implementing a system of communicating safety information to employees. Regular safety inspections can be scheduled to verify that all necessary precautions are being taken, and all safety regulations are being observed.

Choose The Right Safety Consultants

Our safety program consultants have years of experience and have undergone rigorous training in this specialized field. We can quickly and efficiently implement  the necessary procedures to help make your construction site as safe as it can be by conducting a hazard assessment survey of your site and making recommendations on how to better protect yourself and your employees from accidents and illness..

 

Construction Site Safety

A Brief Guide to Construction Site Safety

According to the OSHA website, for the approximately 6.5 million people working at 252,000 construction sites across America on an average day, the rate of injury is higher than the national average for all industries. You are more likely to be injured in construction than in any other line of work in the country, and that’s where construction site safety comes in. It is critical in such a situation to dedicate considerable attention to on-site safety training  to maintain a safe working environment. We’ve compiled a few construction site safety tips that will help to make your construction site a safer place to work.

Secure Your Scaffolding

Scaffolding is at the top spot in OSHA’s ten most frequently cited injury situations. An average of 50 people die per year from falling off of scaffolding. These unfortunate accidents can be mitigated to a great extent with a few simple steps.

  • Secure your scaffolding. Make sure it’s sound, rigid and sufficient to carry its own weight plus four times the maximum intended load.
  • Be sure to equip guardrails, midrails and toeboards on your scaffolding.
  • Inspect your scaffolding before each shift. If anything is damaged or compromised, have a competent person replace it.
  • Keep your scaffolding a safe distance from any electrical lines
  • Complete proper safety training

Prevent Falls

Falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, from scaffolding or otherwise. Every precaution should be taken to ensure that your workers are adequately protected from falls.

  • Erect guardrails. This simple step can make all the difference. If a working location is high enough to cause fall injuries, erect guardrails.
  • Consider making use of a safety net system or body harness where appropriate

Take Care on Ascent

 Ladders and stairways are a common source of injuries and fatalities among construction workings. OSHA estimates that an average of around 25,000 injuries every year occur on ladders and stairwells.

  • Make sure ladders and stairways are clear of objects and materials
  • Always use the correct ladder for the job. That includes ensuring the ladder being used is long enough. If it’s not, get another. Don’t “make it work.”
  • Always be aware of and avoid electrical lines
  • Ensure that the treads on steps and ladders are in good condition and cover the entire stepping surface

Wear Your Gear

Head protection, eye protection, face shields, gloves: simple implements that go a long way toward making sure that injuries are avoided. These items should be readily available for all personnel  exposed to situations in which they might be necessary.

  • Ensure boots are both slip-resistant and puncture-resistant.
  • If you’re working around heavy equipment or moving heavy objects, consider wearing safety-toed footwear to prevent crushed toes.
  • Make sure to select the right gloves for the job, insulated gloves for electrical work, for instance.
  • Hardhats are always a good idea on any construction site. Make sure hardhats are free from dents or cracks and fit properly

Following these simple on-site safety training tips will go a long way toward ensuring construction site safety. This benefits you the employer as you have fewer lost man-hours due to worker injury, and it benefits your workforce by providing a safer, more conscientious work environment. Contact Safety Experts for a  consultation and complete assessment of your operating environment.

The Basics of OSHA Compliance Training

Here at Safety Experts, we offer extensive OSHA compliance training regimens. Both the 10 and 30 hour OSHA Construction Safety Seminars are available to accommodate any working environments in which safety is a concern. These seminars are delivered by OSHA authorized safety instructors and focus on recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in the construction industry.

All of our OSHA compliance consultants have at least five years of construction safety experience and have completed the Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry course.

OSHA 10-Hour Course

The first part of the OSHA compliance training process is an introduction to OSHA. It covers workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a safety complaint. The introduction also provides participants with a sample weekly fatality and catastrophe report, a material safety data sheet and the OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

The next subject discussed is the Construction Focus Four training, which looks at the four most common types of accidents that occur on construction sites: Falls, Caught-In or -Between, Struck-By and Electrocution. The course includes several OSHA compliance consultant-delivered lectures, handouts and various group activities. Covered subjects include:

  • Ladder Safety
  • How to verify that fall-prevention equipment is in working condition and properly worn
  • A briefing on nail-gun safety
  • A briefing on cranes and rigging safety
  • A discussion on electrical safety, including risks

Participants undergo an examination at the end of the course to verify retention of this important information. Participants are required to identify major hazards, describe types of hazards, protect themselves from these hazards and recognize employer requirements to protect workers from these hazards.

After the Focus Four training, Participants are given the opportunity to select two, two-hour training classes from the following topics:

  • Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators and Conveyors
  • Excavations
  • Material Handling, Storage, Use and Disposal
  • Scaffolds
  • Stairways and Ladders
  • Tools – Hand and Power

OSHA 30-Hour Course

The beginning of the 30-hour course is similar to the 10-hour course. The first segment is and introduction to OSHA, followed by a two-hour course on Managing Safety and Health, which involves topics such as job site inspections, accident prevention programs, management commitment and employee involvement. The Focus Four training follows and is presented in the same fashion as the 10-hour course.

After the Focus Four class concludes, participants are required to complete 12 hours of training on the following elective courses:

    • Concrete and Masonry Construction
    • Confined Space Entry
  • Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Elevators and Conveyors
  • Ergonomics
  • Excavations
  • Fire Protection and Prevention
  • Materials Handling, Storage, Use and Disposal
  • Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment and Marine Operations; Rollover Protective Structures and Overhead Protection; and Signs, Signals and Barricades
  • Powered Industrial Vehicles
  • Safety and Health Programs
  • Scaffolds
  • Steel Erection
  • Tools – Hand and Power
  • Welding and Cutting

After the completion of the course material, participants are required to complete an assessment to verify retention of the material.

For more about OSHA guidelines and safety training, take a look at Occupational Safety Council of America.