American Society of Civil Engineers

Crane Safety—An Industry in Flux

by David B. Peraza, P.E., M.ASCE, (Exponent, 420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1740, New York, NY E-mail: and Jeffrey A. Travis, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE, (Exponent, 1011 Warrenville Rd., Suite 215, Lisle, IL E-mail:
Section: Temporary Structures: Scaffolds, Cranes, and Towers, pp. 556-566, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Forensic Engineering 2009: Pathology of the Built Environment
Abstract: The recent rash of crane accidents across the United States, and even internationally, has raised the public’s awareness of the potential hazards posed by crane use in the construction industry. This paper will provide a broad overview of the rapidly changing regulations relating to crane operations, as well as review crane accident statistics, the causes of milestone crane accidents, and summarize new regulations at local and national levels.

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