OSHA recently issued a directive for enforcing requirements of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.
The directive instructs OSHA compliance officers how to inspect jobsites with cranes and related equipment. It helps ensure a Crane Program or Hoisting & Rigging Program is comprehensive enough to address significant compliance issues.
OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks Safety Web page provides compliance assistance on equipment requirements for assembly and disassembly, qualified rigger, signal person qualifications, and wire rope inspections. Frequently asked questions along with PowerPoint presentations and videos explaining the revised rule and the hazards in crane operations are also available.
To assist you in your compliance efforts, SMACNA recently published a model Hoisting and Rigging Program, which members can tailor to meet their needs. Download this valuable resource on SMACNA’s Safety Web page.
For information on Crane Safety Programs, contact Mike McCullion, SMACNA’s director of safety and health (firstname.lastname@example.org /(703) 995-4027).