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Rigging safety seminar preps construction students for new standards

December 03, 2010 12:00AM

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The generosity of this company to come and offer this seminar is an example of how our contacts with leaders in the industry give us an edge. "
~ CMCET professor Joe Levens
burg State University construction management students and faculty will get the latest information on construction rigging safety next week during a special seminar offered by an industrial partner.

Presented by The Crosby Group, a Kansas City-based rigging equipment supplier, the seminar will be held from 4:30-9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, in room S102 at the Kansas Technology Center. The seminar will be presented to approximately 90 PSU Construction Management and Construction Engineering Technologies (CMCET) students and faculty.

With new requirements from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) put in place Nov. 8 that set tougher standards for rigging safety, CMCET professor Joe Levens said the seminar will be helpful in bolstering what PSU safety courses already cover.

"Our graduates will use this immensely when they go to work in the construction industry," Levens said. "The generosity of this company to come and offer this seminar is an example of how our contacts with leaders in the industry give us an edge."

The new federal standards, which aim to lower the rate of crane-related fatalities at worksites (OSHA reports an average of 89 deaths per year caused by rigging equipment accidents), make seminars like this more important than ever. Monday's seminar will include information on basic rigging principals, loads, hardware, inspections, and equipment applications.

For more information on the seminar, contact Levens at 620-235-6181 or jlevens@pittstate.edu.

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