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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Lucy Perry

A trade journalism veteran, Lucy Avera Perry has spent more than a decade in transportation and construction publishing and marketing. She served for seven years as Associate Publisher and Managing Editor of Asphalt Contractor Magazine, where she brought cutting-edge information on equipment and technology to the asphalt road construction industry, wrote how-to articles that became hot-mix industry training material, and gave another voice to issues in transportation construction. She also served as Editor and Publisher of Bridge Builder Magazine, and helped develop the Asphalt Construction Expo (ACE). In addition to transportation construction, Lucy also has written articles and edited newsletters in the areas of agricultural construction, real estate, and business marketing.