Friday, August 17, 2012

OSHA Issues Rule on Cranes and Derricks in Construction

OSHA has issued a direct final rule applying the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction. This rule, which hopes to protect workers from hazards associated with hoisting equipment, is already in use by other construction sectors. It will become effective November 15, 2012, unless the agency receives a significant adverse comment by September 17, to which it will continue the notice-and-comment component of the rulemaking by withdrawing the direct final rule. Individuals may submit comments electronically at, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Submissions may also be sent via facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register for details.