OSHA Issues New Cranes and Derricks Standard in Construction

The U.S. Department of Laborís Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on July 27, 2010 that it is issuing a new rule addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction. Approximately 267,000 construction, crane rental and crane certification establishments employing about 4.8 million workers will be affected by the rule. The rule goes into effect on November 8, 2010.

The new rule is designed to prevent the leading causes of fatalities, including electrocution, crushed-by/struck-by hazards during assembly/disassembly, collapse and overturn. It also sets requirements for ground conditions and crane operator assessment. In addition, the rule addresses tower crane hazards, addresses the use of synthetic slings for assembly/disassembly work, and clarifies the scope of the regulation by providing both a functional description and a list of examples for the equipment that is covered.

The regulation text is available by visiting the US Department of Labor website:†