Directive on Cranes and Derricks Rule to be Issued Soon

OSHA will issue a compliance directive and letters of interpretation on the Cranes and Derricks in Construction rule by this fall, as recently reported in the SC&RA Newsletter. This is according to an announcement on July 28, 2011 made by Jim Maddux, the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Directorate of Construction.

 “There is a huge need for guidance,” Maddux told OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. Issues raised by the industry are training requirements for crane operators, riggers and signalpersons; whether a crane is considered engaged in construction when it is used to deliver supplies to a worksite; and the amount of time electrical utilities have to shut down power to electric lines close to construction cranes.


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