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 has made publicly available its newly developed Qualified Operator Evaluation Forms for both mobile and tower cranes ahead of OSHA’s crane operator evaluation and documentation requirements becoming effective on February 7th, 2019.  

    Generated in response to the November 9th, 2018 publication of OSHA’s final rule on operator training, certification and evaluation requirements, the forms assist industry stakeholders in meeting the stipulations set forth in Section 1926.1427(f) – Evaluation. Notably, the section states that employers must, through an evaluation process, ensure operators are qualified to operate the machine to which they are assigned.  

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    Employer Evaluation_Tower Cranes_Interactive.pdf
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  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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