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Schnader Attorneys Present “OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks Standards Update: The Litigators’ Perspective”

On March 5, 2012 by Schnader

Carl J. Schaerf and Harris Neal Feldman presented “OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks Standards Update: The Litigators’ Perspective” on Monday, March 5, 2012 for Lorman Education Services. The defense of crane litigation is inherently risky given the typical stakes in an accident scenario, whether involving personal injury (typically catastrophic in nature) or property damage. This CLE seminar advised those who defend crane litigation, whether manufacturers, architects, engineers, maintainers, lessors or otherwise to understand the new OSHA standards, what they mean, and how they can be used successfully toward defending such claims going forward.


The Old Regime

  • Standards That Predated Modern Technology, Including Computers
  • Reference to ANSI Standards That Are No Longer in Effect
  • Minimal Emphasis on Training and Certification

The New Standards

  • Differing Stakeholders Involved in Drafting
  • Anticipating the Future

Qualification, Certification and Training

  • Maintenance and Repair Worker Qualifications
    • Standard for Maintenance Workers Is Not as Strict as the Requirements for Crane Operators
    • Defining a Qualified Person
  • Operator Certification and Qualification
    • Third-Party Certification Standards and Options
    • Internal Qualification
    • Military/Governmental Qualification
  • Training Issues
    • Refrain From Engaging in Any Practice That Would Divert Their Attention While Operating the Crane
    • Tag-Out Rules
    • Refreshers
    • Manufacturer Procedures


  • Uniform Inspection Schedules With Limited Equipment-Specific Inspection Requirements
  • Wire Rope Inspections
  • Ground Conditions
  • Weather

For more information or to register, please click here.

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