[Federal Register: May 30, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 103)][Notices] [Page 30035-30037]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
[Docket No. OSHA-2007-0034]
Overhead and Gantry Cranes; Extension of the Office of Management
and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork)
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 Overhead and Gantry Cranes (29 CFR 1910.179).
DATES: Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by
July 30, 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, Docket No. OSHA-2007-0034,
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-2007-0034). 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 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)
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 all critical components of the crane are inspected and
tested on a periodic basis and that the crane is not used to lift loads
beyond its rated capacity.
(A) Marking the Rated Load (Sec. Sec. 1910.179(b)(3), (b)(5), and
Paragraph (b)(5) requires that the rated load be plainly marked on
the side of each crane. If the crane has more than one hoist, the rated
load must be marked on each hoist or the load block. The manufacturer
will mark the rated loads. If the crane is modified, paragraph (b)(3)
requires the new rating to be determined and marked on the crane. Also,
paragraph (k)(2) requires employers to retain rated test load results
and that the results are readily available to appointed personnel.
Marking the rated load capacity of a crane ensures that employers and
employees will not exceed the limits of the crane, which can result in
(B) Inspection of and Certification Records for Hooks and Hoist Chains
(Sec. Sec. 1910.179(j)(2)(iii), (j)(2)(iv), and (j)(4))
Paragraphs (j)(2)(iii) and (j)(2)(iv) require monthly inspections
with certification records of hooks and hoist chains. The certification
must include the date of the inspection, the signature of the person
who performed the inspection, and the serial number, or other
identifier, of the inspected hook or hoist chain. Paragraph (j)(4)
requires that cranes that are not in regular use meet the requirements
of paragraph (j)(2). Paragraph (j)(4)(iii) specifically requires that
standby cranes be inspected semi-annually in accordance with paragraph
(j)(2). Certification records provide employers, employees, and OSHA
compliance officers with assurance that the hooks and hoist chains used
on cranes regulated by the Standard have been inspected as required by
the Standard. These inspections help assure that the equipment is in
good operating condition, thereby preventing failure of the hooks or
hoist chains during material handling. These records also provide the
most efficient means for the compliance officers to determine that an
employer is complying with the Standard.
(C) Repair and Testing of Defective Hooks (Sec. Sec. 1910.179(l)(3)
As required by paragraph (k)(2), employers must make readily
available test reports of load rating tests of repaired crane hooks
conducted under paragraph (l)(3)(iii)(a). These reports inform the
employer, employees, and OSHA compliance officers that a rated load
test was performed, providing information about the capacity of the
crane and the adequacy of the repaired hook. This information is used
by crane operators so that they will not exceed the rated load of the
crane or hook.
(D) Inspection of and Certification Records for Ropes (Sec. Sec.
1910.179(m)(1) and (m)(2))
Paragraph (m)(1) requires employers to inspect thoroughly all
running rope in use, and do so at least once a month. In addition, rope
which has been idle for at least a month must be inspected before use,
and a record prepared to certify that the inspection was done. The
certification record 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 condition.
In addition, paragraph (m)(2) requires that the employer thoroughly
inspect all rope which has been idle for period of a month or more.
This inspection shall be for all types of deterioration and shall be
performed by an appointed person whose approval shall be required for
further use of the rope. A certification record shall be prepared and
include the date of inspection; the signature of the person who
performed the inspection; and, an identifier for the rope which was
(E) Disclosure of 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 Overhead and
Gantry Cranes (29 CFR 1910.179). The Agency is requesting to reduce its
current burden hour estimate associated with this Standard from 360,179
to 360,144 hours for a total reduction of 35 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 a currently approved collection.
Title: Overhead and Gantry Cranes (29 CFR 1910.179).
OMB Number: 1218-0224.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents: 35,000.
Frequency: On occasion; monthly; semi-annually.
Average Time Per Response: Varies from 5 minutes (.08 hour) to
disclose certification records to 2 hours to obtain and post rated load
information on cranes.
Estimated Total Burden Hours: 360,144.
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-2007-0034). 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
website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, are available
for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office. Information on
using the http://www.regulations.gov website to submit comments and
access the docket is available at the website'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 May 23, 2007.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
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