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PEMA aim to improve container crane safety

PixabayThe Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) has published a report on crane operator health and safety.

The report includes 20 recommendations for crane manufacturers and terminal operators on how to improve RTG and container crane cabin ergonomics and safety.

“This paper and its recommendations provide the industry with a set of best practice advice and points to consider in terms of crane operator safety and well-being,” says PEMA president, Ottonel Popesco.

The recommendations of this report cover a range of areas including cabin vibration, maintenance, ambient temperatures, airflow, emissions, integrity of glass floors, fall risks, visual and audio warning systems, inertial forces, and conflicting data sets between control workstations and anthropometric readings.

The paper, compiled under the auspices of PEMA’s Safety & Environment Committee, focuses on the health and safety of operators of rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes and ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes.

“Similar to the Association’s existing information papers, we hope that this report will be widely used as a trusted source of information in the industry,” Popesco adds.

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