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April 23, 2013
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OSHA issues final rule to protect workers using cranes and derricks in
demolition and underground construction

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule that applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction. Application of this rule will protect workers from hazards associated with hoisting equipment used during construction activities.

"It is important that construction workers in these sectors receive the same safety protections as other construction workers," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Extending this rule to demolition and underground construction work will help save lives and prevent injuries."

This final rule applies the same crane rules to underground construction and demolition that are already being used by other construction sectors, and streamlines OSHA's standards by eliminating the separate cranes and derricks standard currently used for underground and demolition work. The rule also corrects errors made to the underground construction and demolition standards in the 2010 rulemaking.

The final rule becomes effective May 23, 2013.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit


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