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Don’t Delay New US Crane Safety Rule

May 16, 2018

Via: ENR

Crane accidents are one of the enduring nightmares of construction work, so it is notable that as an industry where regulation often equals costs and entanglements, construction professionals have joined together to support the long-awaited publication date of a new federal safety rule that would make certifying crane operators mandatory. Much thought and work have gone into this regulation, and employers would still be responsible for operator competence. The standard is a good step forward; further delay will only postpone its needed safety benefit.

The revisions to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s cranes and derricks standard and related rules were first published in the Federal Register in 2010.

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