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 CC—Cranes 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
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