New OSHA Rule for Crane and Derrick Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the agency responsible for assessing worker conditions and issuing regulations to prevent injury or death. With a rise in construction worker injuries caused by cranes and derricks, the agency has issued a final rule that will apply the same safety standards relevant to demolition and underground construction work.

As construction workers know, every day at work poses a risk of serious accidents. Workers using cranes and derricks are at risk of falls, head injuries, back injuries, neck injuries and other risks associated with heavy machinery. Worker negligence, failed safety systems, improper safety equipment, and broken equipment can result in catastrophic injury and wrongful death. The new rule is intended to ensure that construction companies and employees follow safety standards to prevent these injuries or accidental death. Our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys are experienced with cases involving OSHA violations and construction injuries.


The application of the rule is intended to protect workers from the hazards associated with hoisting equipment during construction activities. According to a spokesperson for OSHA, the rule will ensure that construction workers in this sector have the same safety protections as those construction workers in other sectors. The agency believes that extending the rule to all construction workers will prevent lives and dangerous injuries in the construction industry.

While underground construction and demolition construction projects have different objectives and processes than projects involving cranes and derricks, workers doing both kinds of work face a number of risks and dangerous conditions. Creating one safety standard for all construction workers can help to avoid confusion for construction companies as well as workers. Knowing the safety standards and requirements will help to ensure that individuals and entities are held accountable for accidents and injuries.

Derricks and cranes are both heavy machinery used in lifting. They may be used at construction sites, oil rigs, or ships. They are commonly used in the construction industry and in the oil industry.

The final rule
will apply the same crane rules to underground construction and demolition, streamlining OSHA’s standards across the board. Effectually, the implementation of this rule will eliminate the separation of the “cranes and derricks” standard from the “underground construction and demolition” standard. The new rule also makes adjustments to the old standards for underground construction and demolition.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe work environments for their employees. This means ensuring that equipment is properly maintained, that employees have appropriate safety equipment, and following safety training procedures. The role of the agency is to promote healthy and safe working conditions for America’s working men and women be setting safety standards and enforcing those standards. OSHA promotes safety and enforces standards through education, training, assistance, and in holding employers accountable for violations.

Streamlining OSHA standards will also promote equity in the event of a workplace injury or workers’ compensation claim. In the event of an accident or injury, OSHA investigators will be able to clearly identify any violations. The final rule will become effective May 23, 2013.

Injured workers should contact the Lee Law Offices in Charlotte at 800-887-1965.

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Record-Keeping and Reporting of Work Injuries Required by OSHA, March 26, 2013, Rock Hill Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Blog

Work Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere Targeted with Renewed OSHA Alliance, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, June 14, 2012

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