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August 31, 2010

New OSHA Crane Rule Announced - Effective Date Nov. 8

OSHA just published a new standard addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction, replacing a decades-old version. The new rule addresses provisions for crane operator certification and crane inspection, set-up and disassembly. The rule takes effect Nov. 8 and will impact some 267,000 construction, crane rental and crane certification establishments and 4.8 million workers.

The previous rule, which dates to 1971, was based on 40-year-old standards. Stakeholders from the construction industry recognized the need to update the safety requirements, methods and practices for cranes and derricks and to incorporate technological advances to provide improved protection for those who work on and around cranes and derricks.

“After years of extensive research, consultation and negotiation with industry experts, this long-overdue rule will address the leading causes of fatalities related to cranes and derricks, including electrocution, boom collapse and overturning," says OSHA.

OSHA held a stakeholder Web chat on the new cranes and derricks rule on July 28. More than 1,000 participants submitted close to 600 questions. OSHA is developing additional compliance assistance materials and outreach efforts, which will be made available beginning next month.

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