OSHA to Issue Final Crane and Derricks Rule in July 2010

According to a Department of Labor statement of Regulatory and Deregulatory Priorities released this week, OSHA will issue a final rule in July 2010 on the proposed rule on Cranes and Derricks in Construction (29 CFR part 1926, subpart CC), which published on Oct. 9, 2008. The agency is currently evaluating public comments on the proposed rule.

The rule was developed through negotiated rulemaking, a process that employs a committee of industry experts to draft the text. Public comments on the rule were taken through June.

In its statement this week, the Department of Labor said completion of the cranes and derricks standard will contribute to a reduction in occupational injuries and fatalities, which helps achieve the secretary’s outcome goal of securing safe and healthy workplaces in high-risk industries.

Key elements of the proposed rule include requirements that employers determine whether the ground is sufficient to support the anticipated weight of hoisting equipment and associated loads before the lift begins; assess hazards within the work zone that would affect safe operation, including power lines; and ensure the equipment is in safe operating condition and employees in the work zone are trained to recognize hazards associated with use of the equipment.

For more on the proposed rule, visit regulations.gov.