Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry


July 13, 2012

Man pointing up at mobile crane

Northwest safety staff attend mobile crane training in Portland

Compliance officers and other safety specialists from Oregon OSHA, federal OSHA, and Washington’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) got together last month for three days of mobile crane training at Hoffman Construction’s training facility in northeast Portland.

Two 1½-day sessions (June 19-21) introduced the 24 attendees to tasks necessary to operate a 28-ton Altec mobile crane. Joseph Birkbeck, master training instructor from Altec, Inc., led the sessions, which included walk-around inspections, set-up, pre-operational checks, using load charts, lift planning, and – of course –safe work practices.

Joe began each session with a few hours of classroom instruction, which acquainted attendees with the operational aspects of mobile cranes. But the real training began outside in Hoffman’s training yard when Joe directed everyone to choose teams and demonstrate what they had learned in the classroom with a 28-ton crane that Altec had shipped from its facility in Birmingham, Ala.

Fortunately, the light rain that started falling during the June 19 session did not dampen anyone’s spirits and the session finished without a hitch. At lunchtime, Oregon OSHA’s Craig Hamelund made sure everyone was well fed with brats and burgers fresh off his own grill (which he hauled over to the Hoffman site from his house).

Thanks to Hoffman Construction and Hoffman Safety Director, Tony Howard for hosting the training at their northeast Portland facility.

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