In 2003, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) initiated the process of new rulemaking for the use of cranes and derricks in construction. A proposed rule was published in 2008, and some provisions of the final rule became effective Nov. 8, 2010. Under the rule, Subpart CCCranes and Derricks in Construction has been added to the construction industry regulations at 29 CFR 1926.1400-1442. The standard will be fully effective Nov. 8, 2014.
One key element of the new standard is the scope and applicability of power-operated hoisting equipment and, importantly for roofing contractors, the specific equipment excluded from the standard's coverage.
The new subpart applies to power-operated equipment that can "hoist, lower and horizontally move a suspended load." Forklifts are excluded from the standard except when configured to a hoist by a winch or hook.