NOISH, according to their motto, works to “provide national and world leadership to prevent work-related illnesses and injuries. NOISH stands for “National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. This institute is a part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act created NOISH (along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA). While OSHA is in charge of developing and enforcing the regulations each industry needs to create a safe and healthy work environment, NOISH’s job is to provide research, training, and other information needed to keep workers safe. One of the many things covered by NOISH is crane safety. Together with OSHA, this agency works to keep those working with or around cranes as safe as possible.
One of the most important documents NOISH has published in relation to crane safe (which can be found online here) is “NOISH Alert: Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Mobile Crane Tip-Over, Boom Collapse, and Uncontrolled Hoisted Loads.” Although this deals specifically with mobile cranes, the advice in this document can actually apply to many crane-related situations. Documents like this are extremely important, as the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reports that there were 719 mobile crane related deaths in the United States from 1992 to 2002. The leading causes of these deaths were being struck by a falling or swinging object and contact with electrical current (most of the time, that means touching an overhead power line). Most of the crane-related deaths occurred in the construction industry, which is no surprise considering that this is the industry that uses cranes the most.
Most significant about NOISH’s crane injury prevention document (and other NOISH documents) is that they give safety tips for everyone involved, not just the crane operators. Although there is a length list to help crane operators stay safe, NOISH also gives riggers and grounds workers, as well as employers, tips on how to work with and around cranes safely. NOISH also provides training information upon request, and employers or employees with questions can contact NOISH for additional education material, research, and more. Sometimes, an instruction manual is not enough. NOISH has countless training options for construction workers, not just for crane issues, but also for all on the job safety issues. If you have been injured in a crane accident due to lack of training contact a crane accident attorney today.
NOISH and their partner organization OSHA can’t control all crane or other job situations. At the end of the day, it is up to employers and their employees to follow rules, understand regulations, and make safe decisions (or at least, as safe as possible). However, with the introduction of NOISH in 1970, it has become easier for employers everywhere to train their employees. Cranes are not always safe. In the wrong hands, employees that take short cuts to save time or do not properly know how to run cranes or hoists can cause serious injuries or even death, not just to themselves, but also to others around them. With the right training, though, cranes can be used safely to help get the job done.