OSHA, Crane, Hoist and Monorail Partners renew alliance

Coalition will focus on preventing worker exposures to electrical, falls, struck-by hazards

Posted February 8, 2016

On February 3, OSHA and the Crane, Hoist and Monorail Partners (CHM) renewed their coalition to improve the safety and health of workers who manufacture and use cranes, hoists, and monorails. During the five-year agreement, the alliance will address preventing worker exposures to electrical shock, electrocution, falls from elevation, and being struck-by moving equipment.

Through the alliance, participants plan to develop best practice fact sheets and training resources that address electrical hazards, falls and struck-by incidents, and new technology used in the crane, hoist and monorail industry. The alliance will promote cooperative program initiatives including the National Safety Stand-Down and protecting temporary workers. Additionally, the alliance will encourage a culture of safety within the industry including among small businesses and non- and limited English speaking workers.

CHM Partners consist of Crane Manufacturers Association of America, Hoist Manufacturers Institute and Monorail Manufacturers Association. These organizations are members of the Material Handling Institute, which was established in 1945 and is the nation's largest material handling, logistics, and supply chain association. The Institute serves 800 member companies, their customers and the industry.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits.


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