The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association announces the publication of Severe Weather Guidelines for the Crane & Rigging Industry. The publication was the result of a nine-month process on the heels of one of the top 10 all-time most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record.
Several SC&RA members, as part of the Crane & Rigging Safety Education & Training Committee’s Inclement Weather Preparedness Task Force, created recommendations and emergency planning guidelines for severe weather conditions including tornadoes, hurricanes, winds, thunderstorms and snow. The Severe Weather Guidelines outline job preparation before, during and after severe weather and include timelines for preparation work. The intent is to minimize risks, reinforce safe work practices and positively communicate preparedness.
“The crane and rigging industry now has a tool to help companies and employees prepare for inclement weather,” said SC&RA Senior Vice President Beth O’Quinn. “Our fundamental goal with this guidance is to make the workplace safer when weather becomes a factor.”
The procedures outlined are not designed to replace the need for individual planning, but rather to provide overall planning guidelines and supplement programs companies already have in place. The resource contains sample checklists for branch managers, safety managers, superintendents, and general foremen. Templates are provided for companies with limited resources or who are trying to get their weather preparedness up to speed as soon as possible.
“Acknowledging the unpredictability of severe weather events, we incorporated suggestions surrounding preparedness levels and lead times for implementing work stoppages based on weather forecasts,” explained O’Quinn. “We encourage all SC&RA members to download the free, members-only resource and begin formalizing their plans to deal with severe weather,” O’Quinn added.
Severe Weather Guidelines for the Crane & Rigging Industry can be found at www.scranet.org/membersonly