OIRA completes cranes and derricks standard review

July 1, 2010

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a division of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, on June 22 completed its review of OSHA's standard on cranes and derricks in construction. According to OIRA, the final rule is tentatively scheduled to be published later this month.

The final rule, in the works since at least 2002, would update nearly 40-year-old regulations on a variety of issues, including crane assembly and disassembly, operator certification and training, and crane inspection.

According to OSHA, between 64 and 89 estimated fatalities each year are associated with cranes in construction, and a more up-to-date standard could help prevent them.