U.S. crane industry faces struggle over public image
by IAN HARVEY, Daily Commercial News, Canada
The U.S. crane industry needs to step up and take control of its image or risk being legislated into the ground, attendees at a Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association workshop were told recently.
Jim Robertson, managing partner of General Crane USA and a member of the Florida Public Task Force on Workplace Safety told the group that the industry is vulnerable to the politics of knee jerk reactions driven by gory headlines.
Several high-profile crane accidents and fatalities have put the spotlight on the industry and the issues around safety have become highly politicized, he said.