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| Standard Number:||1926.550(a)(19) ; 1926.550(b) ; 1926.701(e)(2); 1926.651(e)|
Mr. Mike Aulton
Pacific Erectors, Inc.
P.O. Box 8
Auburn, WA 98071
Dear Mr. Aulton:
Thank you for your letter of October 2, requesting an OSHA interpretation on the practice of multiple lift rigging (christmas treeing) of steel members.
On June 30, 1993, OSHA published a Federal Register notice (58 FR 35067) incorporating certain general industry standards into the construction standards.
[This document was edited on 1/12/2000, per Federal Register #:63:33450-33469, June 18, 1998, and no longer reflects OSHA's policy for the issue.]
Consequently, except for §1926.701(e)(2) which addresses concrete buckets and §1926.651(e) which addresses loads handled by lifting or digging equipment, there is no OSHA standard that prohibits using crawler, truck or locomotive cranes to suspend loads over employees.
Your letter also inquired about whether OSHA would allow a contractor to christmas tree steel if the criteria listed in an memorandum by Charles Culver dated September 9, 1995, were met. As you know, OSHA is currently in the process of revising its steel erection standard. The Steel Erection Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (SENRAC) has developed recommendations to OSHA that also include criteria for safely performing christmas treeing. Both the Culver memorandum and the SENRAC document set forth acceptable guidelines for safely performing a christmas treeing operation.
It should be noted, however, that performing christmas treeing in a manner or under circumstances that would be widely recognized as dangerous and could endanger employees could result in a citation under the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act.
If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us again by writing to :
Directorate of Construction-OSHA Office of Construction Standard and Compliance Assistance Room M3621 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20210Sincerely,
Russell B. Swanson, Director
Directorate of Construction
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