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Industry to OSHA: Work with Us

This fall, we learned OSHA had agreed not to enforce the Cranes & Derricks in Construction rule as it pertained to digger derrick operations. After Edison Electric Institute challenged OSHA, the agency backed down. The result is no digger derrick operator working in the utility industry will have to be certified while doing construction work. So the next question is whether OSHA will make similar exemptions for companies in general industry that only occasionally perform construction work with a crane.

It’s estimated that some 40,000 to 60,000 people, who are employed by small companies operating a crane for in-house maintenance, are not yet certified. The federal agency says that any tasks it classifies as construction fall under 29 CFR Part 1926, and operators of those cranes must be certified.

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