This article was first published by Specialized Carriers & Riggers Association (SC&RA), and is republished here with permission of the authors. © 2018 Specialized Carriers & Riggers Association (SC&RA).

Minimize risks, reinforce safe work practices and positively communicate preparedness

Specialized Carriers & Riggers Association (SC&RA) Publishes Severe Weather Guidelines

On the heels of one of the top 10 most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, SC&RA has developed and published Severe Weather Guidelines for the Crane & Rigging Industry.

Recommendations and emergency planning guidelines for severe weather conditions

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.

Planning guidelines and supplement programs for weather preparedness

The procedures outlined in Severe Weather Guidelines 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.

SC&RA members are encouraged to download the free, members-only resource and begin formalizing their plans to deal with severe weather. Severe Weather Guidelines for the Crane & Rigging Industry can be found at For more information, contact Beth O’Quinn.

Other Specialized Carriers & Riggers Association (SC&RAMembers-Only Resources include:

  • Benchmark Study (2012)
  • Crane Accident Investigation Guide
  • Employee Safety Manual Guidelines
  • FMCSA Exemption for OS/OW Industry (30-Minute Break)
  • HOS Reference Card
  • Member Logo
  • Mobile Crane Assembly/Disassembly Guide
  • Monthly Member Directory Update
  • On Duty V. Off Duty FMCSA Response
  • Outstanding State and Province Permitting Issues
  • Severe Weather Guidelines
  • State and Province OS/OW update
  • State Automated Permit System Score Sheet
  • Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Prospective AOBRD/ELD Vendor
  • Tower Crane Assembly/Disassembly Guide
  • Tower Crane Contract Suggestions
  • Wire Rope Installation Guide
  • Webinars Video Archive

About SC&RA

The Specialized Carriers & Riggers Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association of more than 1,300 members from 46 nations. Members are involved in specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting and crane and rigging operations, manufacturing and rental.


The Specialized Carriers & Riggers Association is committed to advocate, educate and provide networking opportunities to support the industry in operating safely, legally and profitably around the world. SC&RA helps members run more efficient and safer businesses by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels; researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices; and providing four yearly forums where these and other relevant member issues can be advanced.

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