Final Rule on Cranes and Derricks
OSHA has issued a new final rule replacing a decades old standard on the use of cranes and derricks in construction.
Approximately 267,000 construction, crane rental, and crane certification establishments employing about 4.8 million workers will be affected.
Stakeholders from the construction industry had recognized the need to update the safety requirements, methods, and practices for cranes and derricks, says OSHA, and to incorporate technological advances in order to provide improved protection for those who work on and around cranes and derricks.
The new provisions are intended to prevent the leading causes of fatalities, including electrocution, crushed-by/struck-by hazards during assembly/disassembly, collapse, and overturn.
The rule also sets requirements for ground conditions and crane operator assessment.
In addition, it addresses tower crane hazards, covers the use of synthetic slings for assembly/disassembly work, and clarifies the scope of the regulation by providing both a functional description and a list of examples for the equipment that is covered.
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