Cranes and derricks standard under review

The long-awaited cranes and derricks in construction standard from OSHA is undergoing review in the Office of Management and Budget.

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a division of OMB, received the rule for review April 9.

The final rule is tentatively scheduled for release in July. It updates regulations on a variety of issues, including crane assembly and disassembly, operator certification and training, and crane inspection.

The rule has been in the works since at least 2002. Some stakeholders have criticized OSHA on the length of time it has taken to promulgate the rule. In recent years, several high-profile crane incidents have occurred in which workers and members of the public were injured and killed.

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