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1992. STEEL ERECTION (PART 1926) (SAFETY PROTECTION FOR IRONWORKERS)

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655; 40 USC 333

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926.750 (Revision); 29 CFR 1926.751 (Revision); 29 CFR 1926.752 (Revision)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In 1992, OSHA announced that it would develop a proposal for revising steel erection safety requirements using the negotiated rulemaking process. An advisory committee for this rule was formed in 1994. Its work resulted in the publication of a proposed rule on August 13, 1998. A public hearing was held in Washington, DC, on December 1-11, 1998. The post-hearing comment period closed April 12, 1999. OSHA published the final rule on January 18, 2001.

Statement of Need: In light of the significant number of steel erection fatalities and injuries and concerns that the Agency's existing rule fails to adequately address a number of factors affecting safety, OSHA determined that the former rule needed to be revised.

Summary of Legal Basis: The legal basis for the steel erection rule is a finding that workers engaged in steel erection work are at significant risk of serious injury or death as a result of that work.

Anticipated Cost and Benefits: The annualized costs of compliance are $78.4 million dollars. Benefits are expected to include the prevention of about 22 fatalities and 838 lost workday injuries per year.

Risks: OSHA estimates that at least 28 workers die each year while engaged in steel erection. Falls continue to be the leading cause of job-related deaths among construction workers, and steel erection involves a significant degree of exposure to fall hazards.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

Notice of Committee Establishment
NPRM
NPRM Comment Period End
Public Hearing
Final Rule
Final Rule Effective
05/11/94

08/13/98
11/17/98
12/01/98
01/18/01
09/16/01
59 FR 24389

63 FR 43451


66 FR 5195 

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Russell B. Swanson, Director, Directorate of Construction, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3468, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2020
Fax: 202 693-1689
Email: bswanson@dol.gov

RIN: 1218-AA65


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