OSHA has announced the publication of a new rule covering the use of cranes and derricks in construction. This long overdue rule addresses the key hazards related to cranes and derricks on construction work sites, including the four main causes of worker death and injury.
The new standards are designed to ensure that workers are properly trained and certified to operate equipment, and that employers make appropriate assessments and inspections on site before doing do. These common sense updates will lead to better safety for approximately 4.8 million workers employed at 267,000 construction, crane rental and crane certification establishments.
The new standards were developed with input from manufacturers, trade associations, unions, academic experts, and other stakeholders, and as a result everyone has something to gain. Compliance with the rule will prevent needless injuries and deaths, provide better protection to the public and drive down the workers compensation rates for employers.