OSHA issues inspection directive

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a directive for enforcing requirements of its Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

OSHA's construction crane and derrick rule was published Aug. 9, 2010, and its provisions went into effect Nov. 8, 2010. The rule was revised to address the significant number of fatalities associated with using cranes and derricks.

OSHA's Cranes and Derricks Safety web page provides compliance assistance regarding equipment requirements for assembly and disassembly, qualified rigger, signal person qualifications and wire rope inspections; frequently asked questions; and PowerPoint presentations and videos explaining the hazards involved with crane operations.