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OSHA releases fact sheet on shipboard pedestal crane safety

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Washington — A new fact sheet from OSHA is intended to help protect workers from hazards associated with shipboard pedestal cranes.

Common on commercial fishing vessels, pedestal cranes move and load materials and catches. When a pedestal crane’s components, or their operation, fail, injuries and fatalities can occur. Failure can result from inadequate maintenance, unapproved modifications, improper use, lack of training and improper inspections, the sheet states. Proper training, regular inspections and working within manufacturers’ guidelines can reduce the risks.

The fact sheet covers inspection, operation and training requirements, as well as OSHA certification requirements. The resource also includes an eight-point equipment inspection checklist.

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