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CRC | ICHC 2012- Featured Speaker

February 15, 2012 0 Comments

Jim Wiethorn, Principal Engineer and Chairman of Haag Engineering Co., Houston, Texas, specializes in construction related failure analysis and in particular crane accidents. He has completed over 700 crane accidents over a 25 year period which was the basis for the current and ongoing evaluation of crane mishaps. Mr. Wiethorn serves on the ASME B30 Main Committee, Cranes & Derricks, (Alternate); ASME B30.3, Tower Cranes Committee; ASME B30.29, Self-Erect Tower Crane Committee; as well as the Tower Crane Committee and Rigging Task Force Committee for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). Mr. Wiethorn also serves on the engineering boards for the Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas, and Engineering and Computer Science, Baylor University.

Since 1987 Haag Engineering Co. has been compiling data and information relative to causes of crane accidents. Following presentations to OSHA and the American Insurance Association in 2009 in Washington, D.C. Haag embarked on a full-scale compilation of the data to evaluate causes and potential trends of accidents that could be used to improve crane safety. In 2011 Haag was joined by MIT, in conjunction with a graduate research program, to produce an unprecedented crane study of over 400 crane accidents which is scheduled to be published in June 2012. Software is being produced during the current study that will allow Haag to update annual findings in order to identify in part the effectiveness of training and the certification process, as well as identifying potentially dangerous trends in the industry.

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