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E-mails and Memos

    May 26, 2011
    Cranes/Derricks and Hoisting Operations Safety Review and Report: Suspense 24 June 2011
    In the past 11 months, USACE has experienced an inordinately high number of crane-related accidents and incidents - both from contractor operations and from USACE-owned and operated cranes. Unfortunately, a common factor that connects most of these crane incidents is that our safety policies in EM 385-1-1 are not being fully followed or enforced. This must be corrected now.

    In 2008, EM 385-1-1 was significantly updated to parallel OSHA's draft crane/derrick standard, to include operator training and certification. More recently, Changes #5 and #6 to EM 385-1-1 were published, bringing the EM into full compliance with all details of the final OSHA regulation. It is imperative that our personnel and activities comply with these requirements. Crane and hoisting operations (including rigging) are High-Hazard Activities, often having the potential for serious injury, loss of life and/or catastrophic property damage.

    The attached memo enlists your help to identify any weaknesses or inconsistencies in our Corps-wide crane and hoisting operations, and submit them to the HQUSACE Safety and Occupational Health Office, CESO, not later than 24 June 2011. I've also shared this with the Engineering/Construction team here in Headquarters for their possible use. With this information, CESO will provide a national readiness report for crane, hoisting and rigging activities to the Deputy Commanding General and include any associated actions needed.

    Thank you for the attention and immediate actions necessary to find and correct program deficiencies that might continue this trend in crane/hoisting accidents.



    Michael G. Ensch, SES

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