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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC01 Publication ID: Fall 2007 
Title: Cranes and Derricks 
Abstract: A number of industry stakeholders asked OSHA to update the cranes and derricks portion of subpart N (29 CFR 1926.550), specifically requesting that negotiated rulemaking be used. In 2002 OSHA published a notice of intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee. A year later, in 2003, committee members were announced and the Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee was established and held its first meeting. In July 2004, the committee reached consensus on all issues resulting in a final consensus document. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 651(b)    29 USC 655(b)    40 USC 333   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: There have been considerable technological changes since the consensus standards upon which the 1971 OSHA standard is based were developed. In addition, industry consensus standards for derricks and crawler, truck and locomotive cranes were updated as recently as 2004. The industry indicated that over the past 30 years, considerable changes in both work processes and crane technology have occurred. There are estimated to be 64 to 82 fatalities associated with cranes each year in construction, and a more up-to-date standard would help prevent them.

Summary of the Legal Basis: The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 authorizes the Secretary of Labor to set mandatory occupational safety and health standards to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women (29 USC 651).

Alternatives: The alternative to the proposed rulemaking would be to take no regulatory action and not update the standards in 29 CFR 1926.550 pertaining to cranes and derricks.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: The estimates of the costs and benefits are still under development.

Risks: OSHA’s risk analysis is under development.

Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Intent To Establish Negotiated Rulemaking  07/16/2002  67 FR 46612   
Comment Period End  09/16/2002    
Request for Comments on Proposed Committee Members  02/27/2003  68 FR 9036   
Request for Comment Period End  03/31/2003  68 FR 9036   
Established Negotiated Rulemaking Committee  06/12/2003  68 FR 35172   
Rulemaking Negotiations Completed  07/30/2004    
SBREFA Report  10/17/2006    
NPRM  01/00/2008    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
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