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Washington state issues draft rule on cranes and derricks in construction


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Tumwater, WA — To clarify its crane decertification and reinstatement requirements, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is proposing changes to its regulations on cranes and derricks in construction.

A draft rule announced on July 14 is aimed at clarifying “what activities are covered by the rule.”

An L&I press release adds that the draft “will clearly state that damage to critical parts of the crane would require notification, rather than just implying it. The draft language will also add crane tip-overs as a reporting requirement.

“Finally, state-initiated amendments will also be proposed to address other areas in chapter 296-155 WAC, relating to cranes that either need to be updated based on current industry practice, or clarifying some of the language to maintain safety and health protections for employees.”

L&I has scheduled three stakeholder meetings – all set for 9 a.m. Pacific:

  • Aug. 1 at its Moses Lake office
  • Aug. 3 at its Seattle office
  • Aug. 7 via Zoom 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Definitions that have been added or modified
  • Crane certifier findings (documentation)
  • Duties of assigned personnel
  • Crane owner duties
  • Site supervisor duties
  • Assembly, disassembly and climbing/jumping
  • Training
  • Wind speeds
  • Critical lift plan

The deadline to comment on the draft rule is Aug. 25.

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