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OSHA Trade Release
April 12, 2004
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: 202-693-1999


OSHA Schedules Public Hearing on Vertical Tandem Lifts

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is planning an informal public hearing in Washington, D.C. beginning July 29, 2004, to discuss the agency's proposal to revise its Longshoring and Marine Terminals Standards and improve the safety of longshore workers dealing with vertical tandem lifting of containers.

The hearing will be open to the public and will be held in the auditorium of the Frances Perkins Building, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20210. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. on July 29 and commence at 9 a.m. on subsequent hearing days, which will be scheduled, if necessary.

On Sept. 16, 2003 OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend the Longshoring and Marine Terminals Standards to provide procedures for working safely when lifting two containers attached vertically with a combined weight of no more than 20 tons. Certification and annual inspections of liftlocks inspections, installation of mandatory load indication devices on cranes, restriction on hazardous materials that can be lifted in tandem and a plan for transporting vertical containers in terminals are also part of the revision.

Parties who intend to present testimony at the hearing must notify OSHA in writing by 5/13/04. Individuals who will need more than 10 minutes to present their testimony or who will be presenting documentary evidence, must provide OSHA with copies of their full testimony and all documentary evidence by 6/14/04. Notices of intention to appear at the hearing should be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Office, Docket No. S025A , Room N-2625, OSHA, US Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave, N.W., Washington, DC 20210. Individuals needing special accommodations should contact Ms. Veneta Chatmon, Office of Communications, by phone at (202) 693-1999.

Notice of this meeting and complete details on providing testimony or documentary evidence is scheduled to appear in the 4/13/04 Federal Register.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and promoting the safety and health of America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.


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