OSHA Issues Cranes and Derricks Guide for Small Businesses

OSHA recently issued the Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks in Construction to help small businesses comply with the recently published Cranes and Derricks in Construction rule.

OSHA published the rule in August 2010 to address the number of worker injuries and deaths associated with the use of cranes and derricks in construction. The rule also addresses technological advances in equipment since the old rule was issued in 1971.

"Over the past four decades, we've continued to see a significant number of worker injuries and deaths from electrocution, crushed-by and struck-by hazards while performing cranes and derricks operations," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for Occupational Safety and Health. "This guide will help employers understand what they must do to protect their workers from these dangerous, sometimes fatal incidents."

The small business guide is divided into chapters that correspond to sections of the standard and accompanies other OSHA compliance materials on crane-related topics available on the agency's website including a PowerPoint overview, Web chat transcript, Webinar, list of frequently asked questions, and fact sheets.