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.Read More
Source: National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), Fairfax, Va.
True to lifting equipment manufacturer and operator projections, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a one-year extension of a November 2017 crane operator certification deadline. The additional time will allow agency staff to fix Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard language—added in 2011 and relating to certification by equipment type and capacity—while defining other requirements to ensure certified operators are qualified.Read More
This month marks the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s launch of the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), a web-based form allowing employers to electronically submit injury and illness data from their 2016 Form 300A. The agency published a notice of proposed rulemaking in June to extend the data submission deadline to December, affording affected entities sufficient time to familiarize the electronic reporting system and the Trump Administration an opportunity to review employers’ new requirements.Read More
Sources: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff
As industry observers hoped and anticipated, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has moved its crane operator certification deadline back a full year from a November 10, 2017 target. The compliance extension follows the agency’s early-July announcement that it would exempt operators of monorail hoists—also known as A frames and typically deployed in precast concrete delivery—from the crane operator certification rule.Read More
The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) was set to meet this month at the Department of Labor’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to weigh in on proposed revision of operator qualification requirements in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard.
OSHA has confirmed a three-year extension, to November 2017, of the deadline for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule, published in 2010. The agency has also extended by the same period a rule holding employers responsible for ensuring crane operators are competent to run their equipment safely.Read More