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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.


Action Date FR Cite

Notice of Committee Establishment
NPRM Comment Period End
Public Hearing
Final Rule
Final Rule Effective

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

Unified Agenda - Table of Contents

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