OSHA Cranes and Derricks Compliance Guide Targeted at Small Businesses

OSHA announced yesterday that it has produced a new compliance guide for the Cranes and Derricks standard to assist small businesses as they work to comply with the recently revamped standard. According to OSHA, the guide is “designed to address the most common compliance issues that employers will face.”

The agency cautioned, however, that the new guide does not cover all provisions of the new standard, published at 29 CFR 1926.1400 – 1442, and that full compliance under the standard would not be achieved simply following the steps outlined in the guide. Additional resources, including a link to the standard can be found on the OSHA Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule Web page.

The new rule, published on August 9, 2010 replaced an antiquated rule that OSHA considered lacking given the high number of injuries and fatalities related to derrick and crane operation. OSHA contends the new rule “will comprehensively address key hazards related to cranes and derricks on construction worksites, including the four main causes of worker death and injury: electrocution, crushed by parts of the equipment, struck-by the equipment/load, and falls.”

According to the guide, the most notable changes for businesses employing cranes and derricks include the following:

  • Effective November 10, 2014, most operators must be formally qualified or certified.
  • New requirements during assembly and disassembly meant to protect workers from being struck or crushed by unanticipated movement of crane components
  • New requirements for protecting against electrocution hazards.
  • New requirements for pre-erection inspection of tower cranes, use of synthetic slings during climbing of tower cranes and other assembly activities

The guide also reminds businesses that “OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites.  On-site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations.”

You can read more on the new standard in our blog post entitled OSHA Issues New Cranes and Derricks Rule.