Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff
OSHA is revisiting Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard certification requirements and equipment parameters adopted under the Obama administration, aiming to reduce employer compliance costs and increase worker safety. The agency characterizes “Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification,” a proposed rule published in the May 21 Federal Register, as a) providing long-term certification requirement clarity; b) reinstating employer duty to ensure a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment; and, c) discontinuing a yet-to-be-implemented rule that crane operator certification include the lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. Compliance with the latter has been delayed on multiple occasions, but set for November 2018.
Eyeing large scale installations along the Mexico border, the federal government has awarded Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Ala., Fisher Industries of Tempe, Ariz., Texas Sterling Construction of Houston and W.G. Yates & Sons of Philadelphia, Miss., contracts to cast prototypes of 18- to 30-ft. high reinforced concrete walls. The structures will be built in San Diego and allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officials to assess their potential to deter illegal crossings and complement wall and barrier designs used along the border in recent years.
Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; Occupational Safety & Health Administration
OSHA has issued a one-year extension, to November 18, 2018, for precast concrete or construction fleets bound by Standard 1926.1427 Operator Qualification and Certification. It requires operators of 2,000-lb. or higher capacity cranes to be 1) Qualified, where they are observed working safety and knowledgably, and have documentation on file; and, 2) Certified by passing written and practical exams administered through Crane Institute Certification, National Center for Construction Education & Research, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators or other accredited body.
Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Jackson Lewis P.C., Reston, Va.; CP staff
The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) will meet March 31-April 1 at the Department of Labor’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to weigh in on a proposed revision of operator qualification requirements in the OSHA Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard.