Today, Greg Lalevee, Chairman of the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative and Business Manager of IUOE Local 825, praised the Township of Edison for joining 18 other municipalities around New Jersey who have passed “safe crane” ordinances to promote safe and experienced crane operation.
“I’m delighted that Edison has taken this step to require experienced, permitted crane operators to perform construction work in the township,” said Lalevee. “Unlicensed and inexperienced crane operators aren’t just a nuisance – they pose a real threat to residents, property and other workers. When contractors are lifting HVAC units and equipment that weighs many tons, it’s critical that trusted, licensed and well-trained operators are behind the controls.”
In New Jersey, residents and contractors need a permit to perform even minor repairs to homes – but not to use a crane. To fix a toilet, residents need to share the name and license information of the plumber with the town. The state doesn’t require contractors to inform municipalities when they will be bringing in cranes, and enforcement of existing laws is lax at best – even though the risks are far higher than for simple plumbing work.
Crane accidents have led to significant damage to property, injuries and, unfortunately, deaths in New Jersey in recent years. ELEC has created model “safe crane” ordinances to protect towns, residents and workers from injury and liability as they work on important projects.
“This is a great step towards safer construction for our town,” said Thomas Lankey, Mayor of Edison. “ELEC is doing an important job by highlighting these common-sense laws that will make Edison a better place to live and work.”
Edison is the 19th municipality in New Jersey to adopt a safe crane ordinance since February of 2016 – the Town of West New York was the first in the state to pass this important legislation.