The crane safety recommendations in the 2016 Crane Technical Working Group Report identify “…a unique opportunity to fundamentally improve crane safety in New York City.” Further, the report highlights the continuous evolution of technological advances and best practices, enabling cranes to expand in reach and increase in specialization.

The  New York City Crane Technical Working Group makes 23 mission critical crane safety recommendations divided into the following four topical areas: 1. Using the latest technology; 2. Adopting model standards; 3. Greater industry accountability; and, 4. Training and licensing enhancements.

  1. Using the latest technology
    • Data loggers
    • GPS tracking
    • Electronic recordkeeping
    • Anemometers
    • Pinpoint forecasting
    • Age limit
    • Self-erecting tower cranes
  1. Adopting model standards
    • Model standards for cranes and rigging
  1. Greater industry accountability
    • Third party crane certifiers for comprehensive inspection
    • Risk-based examination
    • Adjust staffing models to address cyclical work and need for specialized expertise
    • Assembly / disassembly supervision
    • Post assembly inspection
    • Lift director
    • Pre-shift meeting and inspection
    • Monitoring weather conditions during work
    • Department issued advisories in advance of inclement weather
    • Post-shift check
    • Clearly indicate wind speed thresholds and securing sequence
    • Restrictions on cranes with lower wind thresholds
    • Focused city coordination
  1. Training and licensing enhancements
    • Orientation for cranes with a long boom / jib configuration
    • Create specific licensing endorsement for cranes with a long boom / jib configuration

(Source: 2016 Crane Technical Working Group Report)

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