Haag’s Jim Wiethorn honored as Top 25 Newsmakers of 2014 by Engineering News-Record.
SUGAR LAND, TX— Haag Engineering’s Jim Wiethorn was honored to be named one of Engineering News-Record’s Top 25 Newsmakers of 2014.
Engineering News-Record, McGraw Hill Construction's industry-leading information source, presented its 50th annual Award of Excellence Gala on April 16, 2015 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. The black-tie awards gala honored Mr. Wiethorn as one of ENR's Top 25 Newsmakers for his innovations and achievements, for giving back to the construction industry and the public, and for going beyond his day-to-day job.
Mr. Wiethorn was selected as a top newsmaker and industry leader for publishing an unprecedented analysis of more than 500 crane accidents over a 30-year period— “Crane Accidents: A Study of Causes and Trends To Create a Safer Work Environment, 1983-2013”—the culmination of Jim’s 35 years of forensic analysis of crane and lifting accidents.
“Jim Wiethorn has investigated hundreds of crane accidents and generated a mountain of data on what causes lifting machines to fail. Instead of hoarding that information, he is providing it to the industry to help jobsites become safer,” said Tudor Van Hampton, Engineering News-Record.
Mr. Wiethorn’s “Crane Accidents: Causes and Trends” provides valuable data and analysis for crane owners, users, manufacturers, and standards committees. The study not only examines crane accidents by type and trend, but also analyzes accidents by industry segment (commercial construction, industrial/manufacturing, highway/road & bridge, oil field-offshore, etc.). Mr. Wiethorn evaluates the current state of crane lift training, and its effects in the industry (ASME B30 standards). Importantly, Crane Accidents identifies problematic areas to reduce future risks and prevent catastrophic events.
“I am truly honored to be selected as a Top Newsmaker by Engineering News-Record,” said Wiethorn, who has examined over 800 crane accidents during his career. “My goal in publishing this study was to ultimately create a safer work environment. So many crane accidents and lift failures I’ve analyzed resulted due to improper training and planning, or disregard for safety zones. I want everyone at the lift site to safely return to their families after a long day of work. The alternative is not an option.”