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1862. CRANES AND DERRICKS
Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is undetermined.
Legal Authority: 29 USC 651(b); 29 USC 655(b); 40 USC 333
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926
Legal Deadline: None
Abstract: Subpart N addresses hazards associated with various types of hoisting equipment used at construction sites. Such equipment includes cranes, derricks, hoists, elevators and conveyors. The existing rule, which dates back to 1971, is based in part on industry consensus standards from 1958, 1968 and 1969. There have been considerable technological changes since those consensus standards were developed. Industry consensus standards for derricks and for crawler, truck and locomotive cranes were updated as recently as 1995. A number of industry stakeholders have asked OSHA to update subpart N.
OSHA's subpart N is now 30 years old, and is based in part on industry consensus standards as much as 42 years old. No changes have been made to the OSHA standard since 1971. Significant changes have occurred in the industry since the OSHA standard was promulgated.
A cross-section of the industry has stated that there is a need to update subpart N. OSHA has determined that the existing rule needs to be revised. OSHA will be monitoring these activities to determine whether recommendations developed for construction should be applied to cranes in general industry as well. OSHA will make a decision on what action to take next in December 2002.
Timetable: Next Action Undetermined
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
Government Levels Affected: Undetermined
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
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