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Knowledge of Crane Safety Examined At Nov. 17 CONN-OSHA Roundtable Series

For immediate release
November 10, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, They are typically the largest and most expensive pieces of equipment on any construction site. Needless to say, an error in a crane’s operation can cause the loss of thousands of dollars and possibly endanger lives.  

To help avoid accidents, Robert L. Suchenski, Risk Control Manager with St. Paul Traveler’s in Hartford, will discuss how to operate the machines safely during the monthly Breakfast Roundtable workshop to be held 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 17.  

Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA), the workshop will be held at the Labor Department’s Central Office at 200 Folly Brook Blvd in Wethersfield.  

A civil engineer and construction specialist with expertise in the civil engineering field, Suchenski is licensed in both Connecticut and New York and has 15 years of construction work experience with commercial, industrial and residential projects. Suchenski will also talk about the proper use of outriggers and cribbing – factors that can greatly impact a crane’s capacity. 

“We are very pleased to offer a workshop that features a certified instructor of the OSHA 500 Standards for the Construction Industry,” noted CONN-OSHA Safety Training Specialist, John Able, who is coordinator of the breakfast series. He noted that Suchenski, is also a Certified Safety Professional in construction safety with responsibilities that include performing construction and civil engineering field surveys and safety management audits, and providing technical support and guidance to customers.  

Also continuing this month, Able noted, will be the discussion portion of the program. Time permitting, each person taking part can submit a question for discussion and everyone in the room will be invited to share his or her opinion regarding the issue.  

Admission to the roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information, please contact Able at (860) 263-6902, or via email at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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