By: Shane Stuller

OSHA has issued a direct final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction. The intent of the final rule is to protect workers from hazards associated with hoisting equipment used during construction activities.

The direct final rule will become effective November 15, 2012, unless OSHA receives a significant adverse comment by September 17. If OSHA receives no significant adverse comment to either the NPRM or the companion direct final rule, OSHA will publish a Federal Register document confirming the effective date of the direct final rule and withdraw the NPRM. If the agency receives significant adverse comments, the accompanying NPRM will allow the agency to continue the notice-and-comment component of the rulemaking by withdrawing the direct final rule.

The direct final rule will apply the same crane rules to underground construction and demolition that are already being used by other construction sectors, and will streamline OSHA's standards by eliminating the separate cranes and derricks standard currently used for underground and demolition work. The rulemaking also corrects several errors introduced in the 2010 rulemaking to make it easier for workers and employers to understand and implement these standards.

For further information, see the following link: This link contains the entire notice of proposed rulemaking for cranes in demolition and construction work.