The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a "Compliance Directive for the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard," which is designed to provide auditors with guidelines on how to carry out inspections at construction sites. Audits are regulated by a final rule that was enacted in 2010 to reduce injuries and fatalities related to crane and derrick use. Most of the rule's provisions went into effect at the time, but a few have been delayed to allow constructors more time to comply.
As this blog reported, last month OSHA extended the deadline for crane operators to obtain approved certifications, which was originally scheduled to expire on November 10, until 2017. According to OSHA, "a number of parties raised concerns about the Standard's requirement to certify operators by type and capacity of crane and questioned whether crane operator certification was sufficient for determining whether an operator could operate their equipment safely on a construction site."
After OSHA agreed to the delay, it began working on developing clear standards that it hopes will make it easier for construction companies to comply when the new rules finally do become effective. It also launched a website with information on assembly and disassembly, operator qualifications and inspections.
Certified safety professionals can perform OSHA compliance audits at construction sites to evaluate whether the proper measures are in place to guarantee the safety of crane and derrick operators as well as of workers on the ground. Training programs are also available to teach workers and supervisors to identify and address potentially dangerous situations on site.