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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AA65 Publication ID: Fall 1999 
Title: Steel Erection (Part 1926) (Safety Protection for Ironworkers) 
Abstract: In 1992, OSHA announced that it would develop a proposal for revising steel erection safety requirements using the negotiated rulemaking process. In negotiated rulemaking, OSHA, industry and employee representatives meet as an advisory committee and attempt to forge a consensus on a proposed standard. An advisory committee for this rule was formed in 1994. Its work resulted in the publication of a proposed rule on August 13, 1998. The written comment period ended November 17, 1998. A public hearing was held in Washington, D.C. on December 1-11, 1998. The post-hearing comment period closed April 12, 1999. OSHA is now working to complete a final rule. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926.750 (Revision)    29 CFR 1926.751 (Revision)    29 CFR 1926.752 (Revision)   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655    40 USC 333   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: In 1989, the Ironworkers International Union and National Erectors Association petitioned OSHA to revise the steel erection standard through negotiated rulemaking. In light of the significant number of steel erection fatalities and injuries and concerns that the Agency's existing rule fails to adequately address a number of factors affecting safety, OSHA determined that the current rule needed to be revised.

Summary of the Legal Basis: The legal basis for the proposed steel erection rule is a preliminary finding that workers engaged in steel erection work are at significant risk of serious injury or death as a result of that work.

Alternatives: OSHA considered continuing to rely on the existing rule. The Agency also considered issuing a proposed rule without negotiated rulemaking. Leaving the existing rule unchanged was rejected because of the apparent inadequacies of the standard. Negotiated rulemaking was chosen to help resolve conflicts and produce a proposal sooner.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: OSHA expects compliance with the proposal to impose annualized costs of about $50 million per year. Benefits are expected to include the prevention of about 14 fatalities and 824 lost workday injuries per year.

Risks: OSHA estimates that at least 28 workers die each year while engaged in steel erection. Falls continue to be the leading cause of job-related deaths among construction workers, and steel erection involves a significant degree of exposure to fall hazards.

Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Committee Establishment  05/11/1994  59 FR 24389   
NPRM  08/13/1998  63 FR 43451   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/17/1998  63 FR 43451   
Public Hearing  12/01/1998    
Final Rule  07/00/2000    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Noah Connell
Deputy Director, Directorate of Construction
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N3468, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3468,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2020
Fax:202 693-1689