Proposed Mobile Crane Safety Law In Miami Could Shutdown Sites 31/01/2008

New rules are being considered for crane safety in Miami-Dade County that could have the power to shut down construction sites that don’t comply with the law. The law would introduce new rules for mast climbing work platforms, tower cranes, mobile cranes and personnel and material hoists. Inspiring controversy and opposition among some in the industry, the law would allow inspectors from the Office of Building Code Compliance to suspend or revoke building permits at any construction site that failed to comply.

Miami county Crane and Heavy Equipment Advisory Committee along with crane operators, and equipment manufactures put the proposal together after 14 crane-related fatalities occurred from January to May in 2006. The same amount of crane-related construction fatalities that occurred in 2005. The proposed law notes that more than 100 major construction projects in the county use “heavy hoisting equipment such as tower cranes.” One of the chief opponents, Len Mills vice president and CEO of South Florida Associated General Contractors voiced his concern, “We need a statewide law in lieu of a local ordinance, otherwise we’ll have a mishmash of standards.”

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