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Crane, Derrick and Hoist Safety
Visit the Cranes and Derricks Safety - Final Rule Page for information on the final rule.
Moving large, heavy loads is crucial to today's manufacturing and construction industries. Much technology has been developed for these operations, including careful training and extensive workplace precautions. There are significant safety issues to be considered, both for the operators of the diverse "lifting" devices, and for workers in proximity to them. This page is a starting point for finding information about these devices, including elevators and conveyors, and their operation.
Crane, derrick, and hoist safety hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, marine terminals, longshoring, gear certification, and construction.
Provides references to information related to crane and derricks in construction.
Hazards and Solutions
Provides references that may aid in recognizing and evaluating hazards in the workplace.
Provides links and references to additional resources related to crane, derrick and hoist safety.
- OSHA Issues Final Rule Setting Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements. OSHA News Release, (November 9, 2017). OSHA issued a final rule setting November 10, 2018, as the date for employers in the construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification.
- Compliance Directive for the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard OSHA Directive CPL 02-01-057, (October 17, 2014).
- Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification. OSHA Final Rule 79: 57785-57798, (September 26, 2014).
- OSHA extends compliance date for crane operator certification requirements. OSHA News Release, (September 25, 2014).
- OSHA issues final rule to broaden exemption for digger derricks in its Cranes and Derricks standard. OSHA News Release, (May 28, 2013).
- OSHA issues final rule to protect workers using cranes and derricks in demolition and underground construction. OSHA News Release, (April 23, 2013).
- Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Final Rule for Cranes and Derricks in Construction. OSHA Publication 3433-05, (2011).
- Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Qualified Rigger. OSHA Fact Sheet, (October 2010).
- Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Signal Person Qualification. OSHA Fact Sheet, (October 2010).
- U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA publishes final rule on cranes and derricks in construction. OSHA News Release, (July 28, 2010)
- Federal Register. The Office of the Federal Register published the final rule on August 9, 2010. Effective date is Nov. 8, 2010.
- Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule. OSHA Fact Sheet, (July 28, 2010).
Workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.
How to Contact OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.