Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 062745
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File Number: 062745 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1342-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: CRANE AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT ADV. COMMITTEE Introduced: 9/28/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/28/2006
Agenda Date: 11/28/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A15
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION CREATING CRANE AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Indexes: ADVISORY COMMITTEE
  CRANE
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/28/2006 11A15 Adopted P

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 10/17/2006 3E Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P

County Attorney 9/28/2006 Referred Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 10/17/2006

County Attorney 9/28/2006 Assigned Hugo Benitez 9/28/2006

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION CREATING CRANE AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

BODY
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County is in the midst of an unprecedented construction boom; and
WHEREAS, there are more than 100 major projects under construction in the Miami-Dade County metropolitan area utilizing heavy equipment such as tower cranes rising as high as five hundred (500) feet; and
WHEREAS, the construction boom and use of cranes and other heavy construction equipment have resulted in an increased number of tragic accidents and fatalities; and
WHEREAS, OSHA statistics show 14 construction fatalities in the South Florida area during the period from January to May, 2006 which nearly match fatalities for the entire year of 2005; and
WHEREAS, on April 18, 2006, Mr. Jesse Morris was sadly killed while attempting to secure a crane to a downtown development project when a piece of the crane came crashing down, also injuring Mr. Morris’ son; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Morris’ tragic death and other recent crane accidents in the area evidence the need for enhanced safety regulations; and
WHEREAS, large metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles and New York City have local laws that govern crane operations and safety; and
WHEREAS, following the tragic accident a number of responsible crane manufacturers, and operators and other members of the construction industry have expressed a willingness to serve in an advisory capacity to Miami-Dade County’s efforts to enhance these safety regulations; and
WHEREAS, enhanced safety regulation of cranes and heavy construction equipment is necessary and desirable for the protection of public health and safety,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY:
Section 1. The Crane and Heavy Equipment Advisory Committee (the “Committee”) is hereby created. The Committee is entrusted with the responsibility of providing advice to this Board with respect to the enactment of county ordinances, regulations and procedures and to make recommendations with respect to proposed state laws to enhance the safety of cranes and heavy construction equipment, and industry practices related thereto, including certification, training, inspections and approvals.
Section 2. The Committee shall be comprised of the following persons:
Gary Hellman Attorney at Law, Goldman & Hellman
Richard M. Horton President, Green Construction Company
Eric Kennedy Vice President, Associated Builders & Contractors
Richard Kipp, Jr. Vice President, Kipp Crane Service, Inc.
John Murphy Safety Director, Suffolk Construction Company
Jim Robertson Managing Partner, General Crane USA
Rodney Sanders Operating Engineer, Maxim Crane Works
John C. Siegle Executive Vice President, Construction Association of South Florida
Jesus “Al” Soto Safety/Risk Director, SIMS Crane & Equipment
Gregory Teslia President, Crane Safety & Inspection, Inc.
Gary Waters Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers
David Wessin Director of Safety, Cummings General Contractors
Brian Silbernagel and
Michael J. Quinn Morrow Crane Company

Section 3. The Committee shall receive staff support from Miami-Dade County and shall be represented by the Office of the County Attorney.
Section 4. The Committee shall make its recommendations to this Board in a written report not later than one hundred and eighty (180) days following the effective date of this resolution.



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