The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has

released a directive in relation to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. This new

directive gives direction on performing inspections when power-operated equipment, subject to

Subpart CC-Cranes and Derricks in Construction, is on a construction worksite.

This directive clarifies the crane and derrick rule published on August 9, 2010. The rules from

this rule went into effect on November 8, 2010 and was the first update in several decades. So if

you are in the construction business and use cranes or derricks and have not updated your safety

policies and procedures since before November of 2010, it is time to do so. And for those who

have made the appropriate updates, it is important to review your updates with this new directive

in mind. It may help to clarify part of the new rules in a way you did not read them.

Whenever updates like these are issued, it is important to understand how they impact you,

your company, and your jobsite. For this reason, we generally recommend a full review of your

occupational safety and health policies and procedures, to make sure the update doesn’t impact

multiple parts of your safety plans. The last thing you want to do is update part of your safety

plans but miss another.

If you have any questions about how this update could impact your company, or if you would

like help in reviewing your occupational safety and health policies and procedures, please

contact us. If you have anything to add about this directive, please leave a comment.