Roles & Responsibilities for the Use of Cranes on Wind Farms – Infographic
On any construction site, there are a number of moving parts and parties. Knowing who is responsible for what can get even more complicated on multi-employer jobsites. It is not unusual to have general contractors with multiple sub-contractors engaged in different parts of the build.
In such an environment, it’s understandable that the safe use of a crane is assumed to be the sole responsibility of the crane operator.
Two powerful factors demonstrate just how wrong (and potentially dangerous) this view can be:
- A seminal study conducted by Dr. Jim Wiethorn explained that at least 67% of crane accidents are attributable to personnel other than the crane operator.
- OSHA’s Multi-Employer Citation Policy gives legal grounds for citing multiple parties in the event of an incident, not just the employer of the crane operator.
To that end, it is imperative for every employer and their employees to understand and embrace their role and responsibility in the use of cranes when constructing and maintaining wind turbines.
The following is an overview of the principal roles on the jobsite and a selection of just a few of the many responsibilities attached to each role.