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2110. LONGSHORING AND MARINE TERMINALS (PARTS 1917 AND 1918) -- REOPENING OF THE RECORD (VERTICAL TANDEM LIFTS (VTLS))

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is undetermined.

Legal Authority: 33 USC 941; 29 USC 655

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1918.11; 29 CFR 1918.85

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: OSHA issued a final rule on Longshoring on July 25, 1997 (62 FR 40142). However, in that rule, the Agency reserved provisions related to vertical tandem lifts. Vertical tandem lifts (VTLs) involve the lifting of two or more empty intermodal containers, secured together with twist locks, at the same time. Because some commenters to the record questioned the safety of allowing such tandem lifts and the record did not contain adequate information to allow the Agency to address this issue, OSHA is working with national and international organizations and gathering additional information on the safety of VTLs. The Agency plans to reopen the record for comment before proceeding with a final rule.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

NPRM on
  Longshoring/Marine
  Terminals
NPRM Comment
  Period End
Final Rule on
  Longshoring/Marine
  Terminals
Public Meeting on
  VTLs - 1/27/1998
Reopening of Record
Final Rule
06/06/94


09/23/94

07/25/97


10/09/97

10/00/02
12/00/02
59 FR 28594




62 FR 40142


62 FR 52671

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Marthe B. Kent, Director, Directorate of Safety Standards Programs, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Room N3605, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2222
Fax: 202 693-1663

RIN: 1218-AA56


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