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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 and derricks. 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 cross-section of the industry asked OSHA to update subpart N. OSHA determined that the existing rule needs to be revised and established a negotiated rulemaking committee to develop a draft proposed rule.

The negotiated rulemaking committee completed 11 meetings since July of 2003 and in July 2004 submitted a recommended revision of the crane standard to the Assistant Secretary of OSHA. OSHA is currently conducting an economic analysis of the draft rule. At the time this Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda went to press, a determination had not yet been made as to whether a SBREFA Panel will be needed. Should the SBREFA process not be needed, as determined by a regulatory flexibility screening analysis, and not used, a proposed rule would be the next step. If a SBREFA panel is convened, the next step will be to issue a SBREFA Panel Report.


Action Date FR Cite

Notice of Intent To Establish Negotiated Rulemaking 07/16/02 67 FR 46612
Comment Period End 09/16/02  
Request for Comments on Proposed Committee Members 02/27/03 68 FR 9036
Request for Comment Period End 03/31/03 68 FR 9036
Established Negotiated Rulemaking Committee 06/12/03 68 FR 35172
Rulemaking Negotiations Completed 07/30/04  
SBREFA Panel Report 09/00/06  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

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

RIN: 1218-AC01

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