• Publication Date:
  • Publication Type:
    Proposed Rule
  • Fed Register #:
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification
  [Federal Register Volume 83, Number 119 (Wednesday, June 20, 2018)]
  [Proposed Rules]
  [Pages 28562-28563]
  From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
  [FR Doc No: 2018-13280]
  Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  29 CFR Part 1926
  [Docket ID-OSHA-2007-0066]
  RIN 1218-AC96
  Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification
  AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.
  ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of public comment 
  SUMMARY: On May 21, 2018, OSHA published a notice of proposed 
  rulemaking (NPRM) titled ``Cranes and Derricks in Construction: 
  Operator Qualification.'' The period for submitting public comments is 
  being extended by 15 days to allow parties affected by the rule 
  additional time to review the proposed rule and collect information and 
  data necessary for comment.
  DATES: Comments: The comment period for the proposed rule published in 
  the Federal Register on May 21, 2018 (83 FR 23534), is extended. Submit 
  comments to the proposed rule, including comments to the information 
  collection requirements (described under the section titled ``Agency 
  Determinations''), hearing requests, and other information by July 5, 
  2018. All submissions must bear a postmark or provide other evidence of 
  the date submitted.
  ADDRESSES: Submit comments, hearing requests, and other material, 
  identified by Docket No. OSHA-2007-0066, using any of the following 
      Electronically: Submit comments and attachments, as well as hearing 
  requests and other information, electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. This docket may 
  include several Federal Register notices for active rulemakings; 
  therefore it is necessary to select the correct notice, or its ID 
  number, to submit comments for this rulemaking. After accessing the 
  docket (OSHA-2007-0066), check the ``proposed rule'' box in the column 
  headed ``Document Type,'' find the document posted on the date of 
  publication of this document, and click the ``Submit a Comment'' link. 
  Additional instructions for submitting comments are available on the 
  http://www.regulations.gov homepage.
      Facsimile: OSHA allows facsimile transmission of comments that are 
  ten pages or fewer in length (including attachments). Fax these 
  documents to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648. OSHA does not 
  require submission of hard copies of these documents. For additional 
  attachments that supplement comments submitted by facsimile (e.g., 
  studies, journal articles), commenters must submit these attachments to 
  the OSHA Docket Office, Technical Data Center, Room N-3653, OSHA, U.S. 
  Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210. 
  These attachments must clearly identify the sender's name, the date, 
  subject, and the docket number (OSHA-2007-0066).
      Regular mail, express delivery, hand delivery, and messenger 
  (courier) service: Submit comments and any additional material to the 
  OSHA Docket Office, RIN No. 1218-AC86, Technical Data Center, Room N-
  3653, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, 
  Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2350, TTY number: (877) 889-
  5627. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security 
  procedures concerning delivery of materials by express delivery, hand 
  delivery, and messenger service. The Docket Office will accept 
  deliveries (express delivery, hand delivery, messenger service) during 
  the Docket Office's normal business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET.
      Information Collection Requirements: OSHA welcomes comments on the 
  information collection requirements contained in this rule on the same 
  basis as for any other aspect of the rule. Interested parties may also 
  submit comments about the information collection requirements directly 
  to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk 
  Officer for DOL-OSHA (RIN 1218-AC96), Office of Management and Budget, 
  Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, Fax: (202) 395-
  6881 (this is not a toll-free number), email: 
  OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. See Paperwork Reduction Act section of 
  this preamble for particular areas of interest.
      Instructions: All submissions must include the agency's name, the 
  title of the rulemaking (Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator 
  Qualification), and the docket number (OSHA-2007-0066). Absent 
  copyright protections or other restrictions, OSHA will place comments 
  and other material, including any personal information, in the public 
  docket without revision, and the comments and other material will be 
  available online at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters 
  should not submit statements they do not want made available to the 
  public, or submit comments that contain personal information (either 
  about themselves or others) such as Social Security Numbers, birth 
  dates, and medical data.
      Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the 
  electronic docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or to the OSHA 
  Docket Office at the above address. Some information submitted (e.g., 
  copyrighted material) is not available publicly to read or download 
  through this website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, 
  are available for inspection at the OSHA Docket Office. Contact the 
  OSHA Docket Office for assistance in locating docket submissions.

      General information and press inquiries: Mr. Frank Meilinger, OSHA 
  Office of Communications; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email: 
      Technical inquiries: Mr. Vernon Preston, Directorate of 
  Construction; telephone: (202) 693-2020; fax: (202) 693-1689; email: 
      Copies of this Federal Register notice and news releases: 
  Electronic copies of these documents are available at OSHA's web page 
  at http://www.osha.gov.
  I. Extension of the Comment Period
      On May 21, 2018, OSHA published a NPRM titled ``Cranes and Derricks 
  in Construction: Operator Qualification'' (83 FR 23534). In the NPRM, 
  OSHA proposed to amend 29 CFR part 1926, subpart CC, to revise sections 
  that address crane operator training, certification/licensing, and 
  competency. The purpose of these amendments are to: require 
  comprehensive training of operators; remove certification by capacity 
  from certification requirements; clarify and permanently extend the 
  employer duty to evaluate potential operators for their ability to 
  safely operate equipment covered by subpart CC; and require 
  documentation of that evaluation.
      The public comment period for this NPRM was to conclude on June 20, 
  2018, 30 days after publication of the NPRM. However, OSHA received 
  requests from stakeholders for an extension of the public comment 
  period (OSHA-2007-0066-0683 and -0693). These requests state that, 
  given the complexity and significance of this NPRM, more time for 
  submitting comments was necessary to gather information from members of 
  the organizations and develop meaningful comments.
      OSHA agrees to an extension and believes that a 15 day extension of 
  the public comment period is a sufficient amount of time to address 
  these concerns in light of the short period of time remaining before 
  the deadline for crane operator certification. Therefore, the public 
  comment period will now conclude July 5, 2018. Comments can be 
  submitted by following the procedures listed under ADDRESSES section of 
  this notice.
  List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1926
      Certification, Construction industry, Cranes, Derricks, 
  Occupational safety and health, Qualification, Safety, Training.
      Signed at Washington, DC, on June 15, 2018.
  Loren Sweatt,
  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
  [FR Doc. 2018-13280 Filed 6-15-18; 4:15 pm]
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