It’s been in the works since 2003. Now, finally, OSHA has released its proposed crane and derricks standard update.
Under the rule, construction employers would be required to:
- certify crane operators
- determine if ground will support the weight of hoisting equipment and the loads they will carry
- assess hazards within the work zone that would affect safe operation of hoisting equipment such as power lines and objects or people within the swing radius
- ensure equipment is in safe condition with regular inspections, and
- train employees to recognize hazards associated with crane and derrick operation including their assembly and disassembly.
In March, seven people died when a crane collapsed in New York City and two were killed in a Miami crane accident.
OSHA’s comment period on the proposal ends Dec. 8.
For more information, check out the Federal Register.