[Federal Register: May 4, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 86)][Notices] [Page 25333-25335]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0035]
Crawler Locomotive and Truck Cranes; Extension of the Office of
Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection
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 Crawler Locomotive and Truck Cranes (29 CFR 1910.180).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
July 3, 2007.
Electronically: You may submit comments and attachments
electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, 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-
0035, 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-2007-0035). All comments, including any
personal information you provide, are placed in the public docket
without change, and may be made available online at http://www.regulations.gov.
For further information on submitting comments see
the "Public Participation" heading in the section of this notice
titled SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the
docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the OSHA Docket Office at
the address above. All documents in the docket (including this Federal
Register notice) are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index;
however, some information (e.g., copyrighted material) is not publicly
available to read or download through the Web site. 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)
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 each of
these requirements is to prevent employees from using unsafe cranes and
ropes, thereby reducing their risk of death or serious injury caused by
a crane or rope failure during material handling.
(A) Inspection of and Certification Records of Cranes (Sec.
1910.180(d)(4) and (d)(6))
Paragraph 1910.180(d) specifies that employers must prepare a
written record to certify that the monthly inspection of critical items
in use on cranes (such as brakes, crane hooks, and ropes) has been
performed. The certification record must include the inspection date,
the signature of the person who conducted the inspection, and the
serial number (or other identifier) of the inspected crane. Employers
must keep the certificate readily available. The certification record
provides employers, employees, and OSHA compliance officers with
assurance that critical items on cranes have been inspected, and that
the equipment is in good operating condition so that the crane and rope
will not fail during material handling. These records also enable OSHA
to determine that an employer is complying with the Standard.
(B) Rated Load Tests (Sec. 1910.180(e)(2))
This provision requires employers to make available written reports
of load-rating tests showing test procedures and confirming the
adequacy of repairs or alterations, and to make readily available any
rerating test reports. These reports inform the employer, employees,
and OSHA compliance officers of a crane's lifting limitations, and
provide information to crane operators to prevent them from exceeding
these limits and, thereby causing crane failure.
(C) Inspection of and Certification Records for Ropes (Sec.
1910.180(g)(1) and (g)(2)(ii))
Paragraph (g)(1) requires employers to thoroughly inspect any rope
in use at least once a month. The authorized person conducting the
inspection must observe any deterioration resulting in appreciable loss
of original strength and determine whether or not the condition is
hazardous. Before reusing a rope that has not been used for at least a
month because the crane housing the rope is shut down or in storage,
paragraph (g)(2)(ii) specifies that employers must have an appointed or
authorized person inspect the rope for all types of deterioration.
Employers must prepare a certification record for the inspections
required by paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(2)(ii). These certification
records must include the inspection date, the signature of the person
conducting the inspection, and the identifier for the inspected rope;
paragraph (g)(1) states that employers must keep the certificates "on
file where readily available," while paragraph (g)(2)(ii) requires
that certificates "be * * * kept readily available." The
certification records assure employers, employees, and OSHA that the
inspected ropes are in good condition.
(D) Disclosure of Crane and Rope Inspection Certification Records
The disclosure of certification records provide the most efficient
means for OSHA compliance officers to determine that an employer is
complying with the Standard.
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
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 Crawler Locomotive
and Truck Cranes (29 CFR 1910.180). The Agency is requesting to retain
its current burden hour total of 174,062 associated with this Standard.
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 a currently approved collection.
Title: Crawler Locomotive and Truck Cranes (29 CFR 1910.180).
OMB Number: 1218-0221.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents: 20,000.
Frequency: On occasion; Monthly, Semi-annually.
Average Time per Response: Varies from 5 minutes (.08 hour) to
disclose certification records to 1 hour to conduct rated load tests.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 174,062.
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 http://www.regulations.gov, 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 (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0035). 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 http://www.regulations.gov.
Therefore, OSHA cautions commenters about submitting personal information
such as social security numbers and date of birth. Although all submissions
are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov 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 http://www.regulations.gov 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.
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 April 30, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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