Practicing What We Teach – Job Safety Analysis (JSA)

The last three weeks we have been exploring the use of Job Safety Analysis (JSA) before beginning work. We’ve discussed the feeling that your crane operator may feel the need to be Super Craneman, talked about involving the lifting team in the Who, What and How of the JSA, and then last week we talked about With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.

We also asked for your input… 77% said that JSA’s are a requirement before beginning work and 20% said that JSA’s are performed sometimes, but without regularity. While we would like to increase those results to 100% performing JSA’s, we are glad to know that a majority of readers place a high priority on safety.

We want you to know, we practice what we teach. Before any hands-on training at our Training Center or a client site, Crane Tech instructors are required to assemble those involved and perform a JSA. To help guide the process, we developed a training and lift-specific checklist that allows conditions relating to the job/site to be recorded.  Our instructors are required to fill out the form completely, which includes three areas for hazard recognition, equipment specific information, and risk assessment.

CraneTech_JSA-1Safety Analysis – used for all jobs and addresses safety that may include environmental concerns such as, but not limited to:

  • Weather
  • Other equipment working in proximity
  • Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Inspections
  • Tool use

Equipment Specific Job Hazard Assessment (JHA) – an additional assessment requirement whenever cranes, rigging or other types of mobile equipment are used.

Consequence & Severity Chart – an assessment that requires hazards to be reviewed and graded with their severity as it relates to unabated and abated conditions. This requires any hazards identified to be either eliminated, contained, procedures revised, or exposure reduced (as discussed in last week’s post) before work begins.

Making an Impact With JSAs

We believe that JSA’s not only help to ensure that we are working and training as safely as possible, it also creates additional teaching moments so that our clients can remain safe even after we have completed training. Beyond that, Crane Tech instructors can use the JSA to share information and lessons learned with other Crane Tech personnel so that we collectively benefit.  Our approach to JSA’s is just another example of our guiding principle of Safety through Education in action.

If you are interested in receiving a sample of our training-specific JSA, please comment below or email us and let us know what you have learned from this JSA series.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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