OSHA Proposed New Standard on Cranes & Derricks
In October of 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its proposed rule for cranes and derricks in the construction industry. It is estimated that 164,500 companies, 96,000 cranes and 86,000 operators would be affected by the proposed new standard. The new rule addresses safety concerns associated with hoisting equipment when used to perform construction activities. The following are a few of the safety issues that are addressed in the proposed new standard:
- Certification and training of crane operators and affected employees in the work zone
- Documented inspections of cranes
- Ground conditions
- The operation of cranes around power lines
- Guidelines when erecting and dismantling cranes
- The use of safety devises and signals
The largest and most costly issue to construction employers will be getting their crane operators certified. All crane operators will need to be certified by an accredited third-party testing organization. Standard testing requirements, or certifications, for crane operators would go into effect four years after the rule is implemented. OSHA does not have a projected date for final implementation of the proposed rule. According to federal statistics, more than 89 people die every year due to crane accidents and related hazards. The proposed new standard will significantly decrease crane-related accidents and provide improved safety guidelines for overall crane operations.
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