Issue Brief

SC&RA members are leaders in the rigging, lifting and moving of large, heavy, and oversized loads. Successfully completing work in this highly-specialized industry requires extensive planning, preparation and most importantly, safe practices and policies to avoid injury and illness.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under the Department of Labor, governs the safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.  

In 2003, OSHA announced that it was establishing a Crane and Derrick Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (C-DAC) to develop new, proposed construction safety standards for cranes and derricks. SC&RA and its members immediately advocated for representation on the committee which resulted in the successful addition of committee member Doug Williams of Buckner Heavylift Cranes to represent the best interests of the industry.  In the end, of the 23 individuals selected to the committee, 8 were SC&RA members.

SC&RA continues to collaborate directly with OSHA, its working groups, and staff to review and advise on issues that affect member businesses.

SC&RA Working Positions

SC&RA is actively involved in multiple OSHA related advocacy issues:

  1. Crane Operator Certification Requirements:  SC&RA continues to advocate and lead a coalition of industry, union, crane manufacturers and certification organizations opposed to the banding by “rating or capacity” component of the regulation while maintaining communication with OSHA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on behalf of industry’s concerns.  SC&RA believes that would be an enormous cost increase for smaller companies and that the current certification process effectively certifies the operator as is and has been properly certifying operators for the last twenty years.  

    As a result of SC&RA’s efforts, at the March 31-April 1, 2015 meeting of the Advisory Committee for Construction Occupational Safety & Health (ACCSH), SC&RA along with members of the Coalition for Crane Operator Safety spoke regarding their concern with the proposed language.  ACCSH Chair Pete Stafford requested OSHA consider reviewing the language provided by the Coalition in their next review of the regulatory language prior to forwarding to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB).  In December 2016, Dean McKenzie, Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Construction, stated his office is finalizing the revised regulatory text with a goal of sending to OMB in early January 2017.  SC&RA continues to monitor this situation.

  2. Protecting the definition of “load” when using rigging equipment - In May 2016, a Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspector issued a citation to an SC&RA member for rigging personnel not staying clear of a suspended load. The ‘load’ in question was a spreader bar that was not yet attached to the load.  Sims Crane is disputing the citation based on the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard which does not consider a spreader beam part of the load.  During their appeal, an MSHA administrative law judge concluded that the use of a spreader bar creates a ‘load’ because MSHA’s own regulations do not define the term ‘load.’ The judge also stated that the OSHA standard is not legally binding on the MSHA.

SC&RA is continuing to work with its members, other industry organizations, associations and labor unions while monitoring this issue.  A resolution is expected in early 2017.

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