OSHA Crane Regulations Face Delay

The new rule on crane and derrick safety faces another delay. After the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) extended the public comment period in December for 45 days, ending today, the new administration has put a hold on pending regulations.

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s chief of staff, issued a memo on Tuesday putting a hold on regulations not yet published. Those regulations will be reviewed by the president’s appointees before being approved. The memo also asked for a 60-day extension on published regulations that are not yet in effect.

The public still has time to comment on the proposed crane and derricks rules. Comments must be submitted no later than today, Jan. 22, 2009, and may be sent electronically to www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal.