OSHA proposes new rules for crane operators

The president of the National Frame Building Association, Jams T. (Tom) Knight, last week shared with NFBA members an alert from  the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association that seeks member input on the proposed OSHA crane rule.

Knight’s message states:

“On October 9, OSHA proposed new regulations to cover cranes used on construction sites.  NLBMDA staff and volunteers have been reviewing these proposed regulations and their potential impact on our sector.

“As written, these new regulations would have the potential to cover the equipment NLBMDA members use to deliver building materials to the construction site. 

Information, including the text of the proposal may be found at: http://osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=16784

“Among the proposals would be new certification requirements for operators, new inspection requirements for equipment, and new power line safety procedures.  Because NLBMDA members use certain types of cranes and use this equipment to place materials on the ground but also in many cases to place materials onto a construction platform (trusses or drywall lifted up to the structure under construction), it is very important for us to collect as much accurate data as possible in order to be able to respond with our sector’s counter to this OSHA proposal. 

“We will continue to monitor updates on this issue and keep you and the membership informed.”

Responses or questions can be sent directly to Knight at Tom.Knight@nfba.org.

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