Nearly three years have passed since the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration's (OSHA's) revised crane regulations became
effective. The rules (29 CFR 1926.1400-1442, Subpart CC) have had a
significant effect on material handling operations during roof
system removal and installation.
OSHA's new crane standard came about as the result of a
negotiated rule-making process. In such an approach, stakeholders
from various groups, including OSHA staff, attempt to develop a
consensus document for submission to the agency and, if approved,
it is published as a proposed rule for public comment.
Negotiated rule making often is seen as a less adversarial
process that fosters a more balanced approach. The anticipated
result is the rule will be more readily accepted and generally
easier to enforce; essential to this is the agency acceptance of
the consensus of the rule-making committee. But a number of key
provisions in the crane regulations remain areas of contention for
construction trade groups.
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