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    Derricks; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
[Federal Register: March 23, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 56)][Notices]               [Page 13825-13827]
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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0025]
Derricks; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's 
(OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Request for public comment.


SUMMARY: OSHA solicits public comment concerning its proposal to extend 
OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified in 
its Standard on Derricks (29 CFR 1910.181).

DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by 
May 22, 2007.

    Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments 
electronically at, which is the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions online for submitting 
    Facsimile: If your comments, including attachments, are not longer 
than 10 pages, you may fax them to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-
    Mail, hand delivery, express mail, messenger, or courier service: 
When using this method, you must submit three copies of your comments 
and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-
0025, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, 
DC 20210. Deliveries (hand, express mail, messenger, and courier 
service) are accepted during the Department of Labor's and Docket 
Office's normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., e.t.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the Agency name and OSHA 
docket number for the ICR (OSHA-2007-0025). All comments, including any 
personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket 
without change, and may be made available online at
 For further information on submitting comments see 
the "Public Participation" heading in the section of this notice 
    Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the 
docket, go to
or the OSHA Docket Office at the address above. All documents in the 
docket (including this Federal Register notice) are listed in the index; however, some information (e.g., 
copyrighted material) is not publicly available to read or download 
through the website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, 
are available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. You 
may also contact Theda Kenney at the address below to obtain a copy of 
the ICR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theda Kenney or Todd Owen, Directorate 
of Standards and Guidance, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609, 
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 


I. Background

    The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce 
paperwork and respondent (i.e., employer) burden, conducts a 
preclearance consultation program to provide the public with an 
opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing information 
collection requirements in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program ensures that 
information is in the desired format, reporting burden (time and costs) 
is minimal, collection instruments are clearly understood, and OSHA's 
estimate of the information collection burden is accurate. The 
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (the OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 651 
et seq.) authorizes information collection by employers as necessary or 
appropriate for enforcement of the Act or for developing information 
regarding the causes and prevention of occupational injuries, 
illnesses, and accidents (29 U.S.C. 657). The OSH Act also requires 
that OSHA obtain such information with minimum burden upon employers, 
especially those operating small businesses, and to reduce to the 
maximum extent feasible unnecessary duplication of efforts in obtaining 
information (29 U.S.C. 657).
    The Standard specifies several paperwork requirements. The 
following sections describe who uses the information collected under 
each requirement as well as how they use it. The purpose of these 
requirements is to prevent death and serious injuries among employees 
by ensuring that the derrick is not used to lift loads beyond its rated 
capacity and that all the ropes are inspected for wear and tear.
    Paragraph (c)(1) requires that for permanently installed derricks a 
clearly legible rating chart be provided with each derrick and securely 
affixed to the derrick. Paragraph (c)(2) requires that for non-
permanent installations the manufacturer provide sufficient information 
from which capacity charts can be prepared by the employer for the 
particular installation. The capacity charts must be located at the 
derrick or at the jobsite office. The data on the capacity charts 
provide information to the employees to assure the derricks are used as 
designed and not overloaded or used beyond the range specified in the 
    Paragraph (f)(2)(i)(d) requires that warning or out of order signs 
be placed on the derrick hoist while adjustments and repairs are being 
    Paragraph (g)(1) requires employers to thoroughly inspect all 
running rope in use, and to do so at least once a month. In addition, 
before using rope which has been idle for at least a month, it must be 
inspected as prescribed by paragraph (g)(3) and a record prepared to 
certify that the inspection was done. The certification records must 
include the inspection date, the signature of the person conducting the 
inspection, and the identifier of the rope inspected. Employers must 
keep the certification records on file and available for inspection. 
The certification records provide employers, employees, and OSHA 
compliance officers with assurance that the ropes are in good 
    Disclosure of Charts Under Paragraph (c) and Inspection 
Certification Records Under Paragraph (g). The Standard requires the 
disclosure of charts and inspection certification records if requested 
during an OSHA inspection.

II. Special Issues for Comment

    OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:
     Whether the proposed information collection requirements 
are necessary for the proper performance of the Agency's functions, 
including whether the information is useful;
     The accuracy of OSHA's estimate of the burden (time and 
costs) of the information collection requirements, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     The quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
collected; and
     Ways to minimize the burden on employers who must comply; 
for example, by using automated or other technological information 
collection and transmission techniques.

III. Proposed Actions

    OSHA is requesting that OMB extend its approval of the information 
collection requirements contained in the Standard on Derricks (29 CFR 
1910.181). The Agency is requesting to reduce the burden hours 
associated with this the Standard from 25,104 to 1,356 for a total 
reduction of 23,748 burden hours. The Agency will summarize the 
comments submitted in response to this notice, and will include this 
summary in the request to OMB.
    Type of Review: Extension of currently approved information 
collection requirement.
    Title: Derricks (29 CFR 1910.181).
    OMB Number: 1218-0222.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
    Number of Respondents: 3,757.
    Frequency: Annually; Semi-annually; On occasion.
    Average Time per Response: Varies from one minute (.02 hour) to 
maintain rating load charts to 13 minutes (.22 hour) to inspect ropes 
and to develop and maintain the inspection certification record.
    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1,356.
    Estimated Cost (Operation and Maintenance): $0.

IV. Public Participation--Submission of Comments on this Notice and 
Internet Access to Comments and Submissions

    You may submit comments in response to this document as follows: 
(1) Electronically at, which is the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal; (2) by facsimile (FAX); or (3) by hard copy. All 
comments, attachments, and other material must identify the Agency name 
and the OSHA docket number for the ICR (OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-0025. 
You may supplement electronic submissions by uploading document files 
electronically. If you wish to mail additional materials in reference 
to an electronic or facsimile submission, you must submit them to the 
OSHA Docket Office (see the section of this notice titled ADDRESSES). 
The additional materials must clearly identify your electronic comments 
by your name, date, and the docket number so the Agency can attach them 
to your comments.
    Because of security procedures, the use of regular mail may cause a 
significant delay in the receipt of comments. For information about 
security procedures concerning the delivery of materials by hand, 
express delivery, messenger, or courier service, please contact the 
OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-2350 (TTY (877) 889-5627).
    Comments and submissions are posted without change at
 Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about 
submitting personal information such as social security numbers and 
date of birth. Although all submissions are listed in the
index, some information (e.g., copyrighted 
material) is not publicly available to read or download through this 
Web site. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are 
available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. 
Information on using the Web site to submit 
comments and access the docket is available at the Web site's "User 
Tips" link. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about 
materials not available through the Web site, and for assistance in 
using the Internet to locate docket submissions.
    Electronic copies of this Federal Register document are available 
at This document as well as news releases 
and other relevant information also are available at OSHA's Web page at

V. Authority and Signature

    Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational 
Safety and Health, directed the preparation of this notice. The 
authority for this notice is the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3506 et seq.) and Secretary of Labor's Order No. 5-2002 (67 FR 

    Signed at Washington, DC on March 19, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor.
 [FR Doc. E7-5292 Filed 3-22-07; 8:45 am]