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Statewide Crane Regulations Could Save Lives

April 3rd, 2008 by flanews

Cranes lift thousands of pounds, hundreds of feet above city streets, but Florida doesnt have statewide regulations for crane operators. Legislation filed in Tallahassee, would set statewide certification standards for people wanting to operate cranes. Last week a crane accident in Miami killed two people. City leaders there want to adopt an ordinance to regulate how and where cranes are used. Crane Operators say local governments setting their own rules would hurt the industry.

The potential for different regulations would cause some problems. If Im working Tallahassee and I move to Miami to work tomorrow I know the same standard Id have to work under tomorrow, said Bruce Whitten with the Florida Crane Owners Council.

Shortly after the Miami accident, Governor Charlie Crist toured the construction site. Crist says he would support statewide standards.

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