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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a directive Oct. 23, 2014, for enforcing the 2010 Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The directive provides OSHA inspectors with a checklist for performing inspections where cranes are present on construction worksites.
OSHA published the cranes in construction rule on Aug. 9, 2010, and most of its provisions became effective Nov. 8, 2010.
The directive guides inspectors on how to conduct site visits, interpret the rule and decide whether citations should be issued.
It also provides a baseline checklist for compliance officers to follow for inspections other than those related to fatality investigations or those arising from complaints or referrals, or when hazardous conditions on the worksite warrant the expansion of the inspection’s scope to include all applicable requirements of the crane standard.
Basic Inspection Rundown
The basic inspection checklist instructs officers to:
Useful Tool, Long Overdue
Since the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard was published in 2010, the construction industry has been anticipating this inspection checklist, said Kevin Cannon, director of safety and health services at the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading association for the construction industry with 30,000 member firms. Cannon said that the directive will assist OSHA compliance officers with conducting consistent enforcement inspections and provide a guide to contractors to achieve compliance with the rule. “The guide can be used to determine when building projects are complying with the rule and what to expect during an inspection,” he noted.
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