A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction will take effect on Nov. 8, replacing a decades-old standard. Approximately 267,000 construction-related companies employing about 4.8 million workers will be affected by this new rule. To help the construction industry to meet the requirements of the new standard, MANCOMM released a new regulatory guide, OSHA Crane Regulations.
“OSHA is to be commended for their efforts in addressing this serious safety concern,” said Benjamin Mangan, founder and president of MANCOMM, a publishing firm that develops and publishes regulatory compliance products. “Too many lives have been lost already to accidents involving cranes and derricks, and we are doing our part to inform the construction industry about these new regulations.”
According to OSHA, the new rule is designed to prevent the leading causes of fatalities, including electrocution, crushed-by/struck-by hazards during assembly/disassembly, collapse and overturn. In an official OSHA statement, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said, “The significant number of fatalities associated with the use of cranes in construction led the Labor Department to undertake this rulemaking.”
To order the OSHA Crane Regulations guide, or for more information, visit Mancomm.com.