Choose Your Region and Language
world-map-na
North America
English
Additional Websites:
Canada (FR)
world-map-la-north
Latin America - North
English
Additional Websites:
America Latina (ES)
world-map-la-south
Latin America - South
English
Additional Websites:
America Latina (ES) Brasil (PT)
world-map-apac
APAC
English
Additional Websites:
中国 (中文)
world-map-ausnz
Australia
English
Choose Your Region and Language
world-map-na
North America
English
Additional Websites:
Canada (FR)
world-map-la-north
Latin America - North
English
Additional Websites:
America Latina (ES)
world-map-la-south
Latin America - South
English
Additional Websites:
America Latina (ES) Brasil (PT)
world-map-apac
APAC
English
Additional Websites:
中国 (中文)
world-map-ausnz
Australia
English
blog-hero.jpg

Speed Limits and Overhead Lifting Safety Standards

Safety and Training | By Columbus McKinnon Corporation | Jan 10, 2018


SpeedLimit_thumb.jpg

A good friend of mine drove with a lead foot and always said, “I’m not speeding until I get caught, and I have a radar detector!” Well, unbeknownst to him the state police received new laser speed guns. They clocked him doing 75 in a 55 mph speed zone. Needless to say, the state trooper was not very forgiving and issued him a ticket. For going 20 mph over the speed limit, my friend incurred fines and courts costs totaling $350.00 plus 4 points on his license. Who knows what his insurance hit was.

Safety Standards are a lot like speed limits. As I have been told in safety classes, “You are not violating the standards until you are caught.” The only problem is that there is a variety of ways of being “caught”. The costs incurred are much more substantial than a speeding ticket. Moreover, the costs are more than just monetary – the intangibles. OSHA fines your company $7,000 per incident and $70,000 if it is deemed willful, plus all the legal fees your organization will incur.

If there is an incident that results in an OSHA investigation, it generally means personal injury or worse as the result of this incident. If this is the case, it usually means you have dropped a load. Your organization has just incurred costs in damaged equipment, the load being lifted and anything underneath, possible damage to crane and hoist, loss of production, and the list goes on. This is a heavy burden to bear.

A safety standard violation is much more than a speeding ticket. No radar detector will save you.

Columbus McKinnon Training

Articles authored by "Columbus McKinnon Training" were written by industry professionals with decades of unique and in-depth experience in the material handling industry who are no longer employed by Columbus McKinnon.

cmco training block