More Updates to OSHA Crane Rule Before November

When OSHA issued its final rule for cranes and derricks in August 2010, the new regulation replaced a standard for cranes and derricks that dated back to 1971. While this historic regulation is expected to prevent 22 fatalities and 175 non-fatal injuries per year, it was written only for cranes and derricks used in construction. For cranes used in demolition and underground work, the previous 40-year-old regulation continued to apply.


Last week, OSHA reported its direct final rule, which will become effective on Nov. 15, 2012, will include updated requirements to cranes in these environments, plus it is correcting inadvertent errors made to the demolition and underground construction standards when it issued the final rule for cranes & derricks in construction.


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