OSHA to Help Small Businesses Comply With Cranes and Derricks Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks in Construction to help businesses comply with the recently published cranes and derricks in construction rule.

OSHA published the rule in August 2010 to address the number of worker injuries and deaths associated with the use of cranes and derricks in construction. The rule also addresses technological advances in equipment since OSHA issued the old rule in 1971.

“Over the past four decades, we’ve continued to see a significant number of worker injuries and deaths from electrocution, crushed-by and struck-by hazards while performing cranes and derricks operations,” said David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor. “This guide will help employers understand what they must do to protect their workers from these dangerous, sometimes fatal incidents.”

The guide is divided into chapters, which correspond to sections of the standard. It accompanies other OSHA-compliance materials on crane-related topics available on the agency’s website, including a PowerPoint overview, web chat transcript, webinar, list of frequently asked questions, and fact sheets. Visit www.osha.gov to view these products.

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