Does OSHA 1910.179 Apply?

Many of us have experienced the concern prompted by crane inspection reports listing discrepancies as Ocupational Safety and Health Administration violations. Not all of these reports are accurate.

Some confusion exists among crane and hoist owners, users, and service providers regarding crane configurations and the application of Federal OSHA 1910.179 regulations. Some of this confusion may be caused by the first definition in 1910.179 - (a)(1): “A ‘crane’ is a machine for lifting and lowering a load and moving it horizontally…” Because all overhead crane configurations fit this definition to one degree or another, we tend to lump them together and assume that all are subject to these regulations. This is not the case.

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Tom Reardon

Tom Reardon is training manager, hoists and cranes, Columbus McKinnon Corp.