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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AA56 Publication ID: Fall 2007 
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. OSHA has continued to work with national and international organizations to gather additional information on the safety of VTLs. The Agency has published an NPRM to address safety issues related to VTLs. The extended comment period concluded February 13, 2004, and an informal public hearing was held on July 29 to 30, 2004. The rulemaking record was open through November 30, 2004. Subsequently, new information was submitted to the docket. The Administrative Law Judge gave hearing participants 45 days to review this information and comment on it. Comments were due June 27, 2005. The Agency is analyzing the information and comments received to prepare the final action. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1918.11    29 CFR 1918.85   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)    33 USC 941   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/06/1994  59 FR 28594   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/23/1994    
Final Rule on Longshoring/Marine  07/25/1997  62 FR 40142   
Public Meeting on VTLs - 1/27/1998  10/09/1997  62 FR 52671   
Second NPRM  09/16/2003  68 FR 54298   
NPRM Comment Period End 2/13/04  12/10/2003  68 FR 68804   
Public Hearing   07/29/2004  69 FR 19361   
Final Action  12/00/2007    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N-3718, FP Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678