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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AA56 Publication ID: Spring 2002 
Title: Longshoring and Marine Terminals (Parts 1917 and 1918) -- Reopening of the Record (Vertical Tandem Lifts (VTLs)) 
Abstract: OSHA issued a final rule on Longshoring on July 25, 1997 (62 FR 40142). However, in that rule, the Agency reserved provisions related to vertical tandem lifts. Vertical tandem lifts (VTLs) involve the lifting of two or more empty intermodal containers, secured together with twist locks, at the same time. Because some commenters to the record questioned the safety of allowing such tandem lifts and the record did not contain adequate information to allow the Agency to address this issue, OSHA continues to work with national and international organizations and gathering additional information on the safety of VTLs. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1918.11    29 CFR 1918.85   
Legal Authority: 33 USC 941    29 USC 655(b)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM on Longshoring/Marine Terminals  06/06/1994  59 FR 28594   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/23/1994    
Final Rule on Longshoring/Marine Terminals  07/25/1997  62 FR 40142   
Public Meeting on VTLs - 1/27/1998  10/09/1997  62 FR 52671   
Reopening of Record  10/00/2002    
Second NPRM  06/00/2003    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Steven F. Witt
Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3700, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2200
Fax:202 693-1671