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OSHA’s new Crane Regulations Become Effective May 23rd

 

Are you aware that on May 23rd, the final ruling by OSHA (August 2010) takes effect for underground construction and demolition? “It is important that construction workers in these sectors receive the same safety protections as other construction workers,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Extending this rule to demolition and underground construction work will help save lives and prevent injuries.”

Perhaps the more important question is how does this impact my business? Is it a regulation that my company will need to follow? This final rule applies the same crane rules to underground construction and demolition that are already being used by other construction sectors, and streamlines OSHA’s standards by eliminating the separate cranes and derricks standard currently used for underground and demolition work. The rule also corrects errors made to the underground construction and demolition standards in the 2010 rule-making.

One of the ways we are preparing you for impending regulation is through the CFA Annual Convention. At our 2013 Convention, July 10-13 at the Hyatt Tamaya north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, CFA member, Joan Ausbury of Cranes and Equipment will be on hand to update you on the work transpiring with these final rulings. Joan will offer one of the many key presentations during this event that center on the theme THE ROAD AHEAD and highlighting the risks you continue to face in both today’s and tomorrow’s construction industry. We sat down with Joan to understand the presentation a little better. Joan described her presentation by stating: “Crane safety is not just for crane operators. The owner of a boom truck also has specific responsibilities related to crane safety, many unbeknownst to them. During this presentation, I will review the owner’s responsibilities related to the ASME B30.22-2-2010 and the OSHA 29CFR1926 regulations. If time permits, I will also get into the operator crane safety.”

Concrete Facts featured an article on this subject for CFA members back in the Fall of 2010 in volume 18 issue no. 3.

“It is our intent to keep you informed on the vital issues for your business and industry,” states Jim Baty CFA’s Technical Director. “Convention this year will bring you five of the most significant issues facing your company from a business management perspective as well as our complement of education topics on the latest relevance to your concrete product.”

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