February 1 - The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) has published its Crane Accident Investigation Guide after two years of planning and preparation.

Produced by the association's crane and rigging group safety education and training committee, it is available as a free resource exclusively to SC&RA members as a 10-page guide offered in PDF format.

The association's members typically lift and position oversize objects, frequently at great height and with tight tolerances, with the possibility for severe injury or major property damage.

The checklist format covers many considerations unique to the crane and rigging industry. For example, among the 15 types of accident description listings are crane overturned, boom collapsed, load fell and wire rope/cable broke.

Other categories include types of bodily injury and property damage; time of accident; weather; lighting; type of job; type of project; nature of work; property ownership; legal property status; load description; weight and how determined; training of lift director, crane operator and other key personnel; rigging and equipment information; equipment set-up; lift engineering; types of reports prepared as a result of the accident; contractual risk transfer; subrogation and other factors subject to further analysis and review by qualified experts.

The Crane Accident Investigation Guide is available in the Members Only section of the SC&RA website.