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Priority: Other Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.
Legal Authority: 29 USC 651(b); 29 USC 655(b); 40 USC 333
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926
Legal Deadline: None
Abstract: A number of industry stakeholders asked OSHA to update the cranes and derricks portion of subpart N (29 CFR 1926.550), specifically requesting that negotiated rulemaking be used.
In 2002 OSHA published a notice of intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee. A year later, in 2003, committee members were announced and the Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee was established and held its first meeting. In July 2004, the committee reached consensus on all issues resulting in a final consensus document.
Statement of Need: There have been considerable technological changes since the consensus standards upon which the 1971 OSHA standard is based were developed. In addition, industry consensus standards for derricks and crawler, truck and locomotive cranes were updated as recently as 2004.
The industry indicated that over the past 30 years, considerable changes in both work processes and crane technology have occurred. There are estimated to be 64 to 82 fatalities associated with cranes each year in construction, and a more up-to-date standard would help prevent them.
Summary of Legal Basis: The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 authorizes the Secretary of Labor to set mandatory occupational safety and health standards to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women (29 USC 651).
Alternatives: The alternative to the proposed rulemaking would be to take no regulatory action and not update the standards in 29 CFR 1926.550 pertaining to cranes and derricks.
Anticipated Cost and Benefits: The estimates of the costs and benefits are still under development.
Risks: OSHA's risk analysis is under development.
|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|
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Government Levels Affected: Undetermined
Agency Contact: Steven F. Witt, Director, Directorate of Construction, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3467, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210 Phone: 202 693-2020 Fax: 202 693-1678
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