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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Oct. 23 issued a directive for OSHA compliance personnel on how to enforce its 2010 standard for construction cranes and derricks. The directive, which covers jobsites where power-operated equipment covered by Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction are present, provides guidance for OSHA inspectors on how to conduct site visits, interpret the rule, and decide when to issue citations.  

In addition to the directive, OSHA provides additional compliance assistance on the revised 2010 standard on their Cranes and Derricks Safety web page. The site provides information on equipment requirements for assembly and disassembly, qualified rigger, signal person qualifications and wire rope inspections.

Compliance Note: OSHA issued a final rule on September 26 extending the compliance deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by an OSHA-recognized accredited certification body. The deadline has been extended by three years to November 10, 2017. Under the  extension employers must continue to ensure crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely, as previously required.