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March 11, 1986

Mr. James E. Shurts
ABC Services, Inc.
10041 Kings Plaza
Omaha, Nebraska 68122

Dear Mr. Shurts:

This is in response to your letter concerning your batam crawler C-350 and C-35 machines used only as a tamper.

It is our understanding that the subject machines are not equipped to be used as a crane but strictly as a tamper, therefore, 29 CFR 1926.550(a)(9) is not applicable. If the machines are equipped and used as a crane 29 CFR 1926.550(a)(9) is applicable.

If we can be of further assistance, please let us know.


John B. Miles, Jr.
Directorate of Field Operations