Wisconsin Crane operator training, licensing and safety information

Wisconsin crane operators

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As of today there are no licensing requirements to operate a Crane. Please note this could change at any time.

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Wisconsin shipyard faces nearly $1.4M in penalties for exposing workers to lead, and other hazards

OSHA cited Fraser Shipyards Inc. with willful egregious health violations for each of 14 workers who were overexposed to lead while they retrofitted a ship's engine room. Test sampling conducted by OSHA inspectors showed the workers' had lead levels up to 20 times the exposure limit. Inspectors additionally issued five willful violations for the company's failure to conduct monitoring to assess employee exposure to lead, implement a lead compliance program or a respiratory protection program for lead, and provide training on lead and asbestos hazards.
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Workers were also exposed to other heavy metals. OSHA opened its health inspection—which also resulted in citations for 10 serious violations—after receiving multiple complaints of unsafe working conditions. OSHA issued proposed penalties of $1,395,000 and placed the Wisconsin shipyard operator in the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program for failing to address safety and health hazards.

"Fraser Shipyards accepted a contract with a very low profit margin and penalties for delayed completion, but could not meet the schedule without endangering its workers," said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. "When companies prioritize profits and deadlines over the health and safety of their workforce, it is the workers who pay the price. Law-breaking employers must be held accountable for their unlawful behavior."

Wisconsin manufacturer cited for operating machinery without adequate safety guards and procedures
An employee of Bay Fabrication, a muffler component manufacturer, suffered a serious injury when a molding machine crushed his hand. Another worker at the Green Bay, Wis., facility suffered a partial amputation when a molding machine caught his finger in an unguarded pinch point. OSHA inspectors found that the company failed to guard operating parts on machines, and improperly installed safety guards on machines.

Koser Iron Works in Wisconsin issued more than $102K in penalties for exposing workers to machine, fire and explosion hazards
An OSHA inspection at Koser Iron Works found that workers were exposed to dangerous amputation hazards while fabricating metal products because safety mechanisms were not in place. The Barron, Wis., steel fabrication company was cited with two willful, four repeat and 12 serious safety violations and faces $102,180 in proposed fines.

Workers pay the price when companies fail to follow safety standards," said Mark Hysell, OSHA's area director in Eau Claire. "Machine hazards are among the most frequently cited by OSHA. All manufacturers should examine their procedures to ensure they are in compliance. It takes seconds for a worker to be severely injured, but often a lifetime to recover."

OSHA also found that workers were exposed to explosion and fire hazards because the company failed to properly store flammable liquids. Additional violations include failure to: use energy control procedures to prevent unintentional startup; train workers on operating lift trucks; install a required ventilation system in the storage room; and provide personal protective equipment.

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