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High-Hazard Working Groups

We have identified 5 high-hazard areas that we deal with every day.  They are considered high-hazard because an incident or accident occurring in one of these areas typically results in a fatality, a high severity injury or high property damage loss.  A USACE National Working Group of technical experts will be developed to address each area:

1. The National Crane/Rigging Working Group (WG) was the first to be formed in July 2010.  A joint CESO/Operations Division Charter was developed and published establishing this Working Group, its current members, mission, support and purpose.  

The WG has also committed to publishing a newsletter, "Counterweight", intended to go right to the crane operator, the rigger, the signal person and the QA so that they are kept abreast of current requirements, are provided tools that they need to perform their jobs more effectively and in a safer manner, are provided lessons learned and accident summaries in an effort to prevent similar incidents from happening. 

2. Fall Protection:  The National Fall Protection Working Group (FP WG) was formed in June 2011.  A joint Safety/Operations Division/Construction Division charter is now available.  It details the members, mission, support and purpose. 

The Fall Protection Working Group has published a newsletter, "LifeLine", in order to communicate fall protection issues to the field, providing information, updates on standards, product safety information, and other fall protection issues.


3. Control of Hazardous Energy:  The National Hazardous Energy Control Working Group (HEC WG) is a joint Safety/Operations Division multi-disciplinary group that was developed.  The HEC WG charter establishes this WG, its current members, mission, support and purpose. 

4. Arc Flash:  This working group has been formed and the charter is being finalized.  

5. Underwater Diving