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Crane Safety / Hoisting and Rigging Resources

Below is press release information from Federal OSHA regarding a directive that instructs OSHA compliance officers how to inspect jobsites with cranes and related equipment.

The directive is very helpful in ensuring your Crane Program or Hoisting and Rigging Program is comprehensive enough to address significant compliance issues.  There is also a link to the OSHA Cranes and Derricks Safety webpage which has additional information.

SMACNA published a model Hoisting and Rigging Program that you can edit to meet your needs.  That resource is available on the SMACNA Safety webpage.

For information on Crane Safety Programs, contact Mike McCullion, SMACNA director of safety and health, at 703-995-4027 or

2014 Press Release



The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a directive  for enforcing requirements of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

The new directive provides OSHA compliance personnel with direction on performing inspections where power-operated equipment, covered by Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, is present on a construction worksite.

OSHA published the construction crane and derrick rule on Aug. 9, 2010, and most of its provisions became effective Nov. 8, 2010.  The rule was revised to replace decades-old standards and address the significant number of fatalities associated with the use of cranes and derricks.

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; and PowerPoint presentations and videos explaining the revised rule and the hazards involved in crane operations.