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Crane, Derrick and Hoist Safety

Crane, Derrick and Hoist Safety

Moving large, heavy loads is crucial to today's manufacturing and construction industries. Much technology has been developed for these operations, including careful training and extensive workplace precautions. There are significant safety issues to be considered, both for the operators of the diverse "lifting" devices, and for workers in proximity to them. This page is a starting point for finding information about these devices, including elevators and conveyors, and their operation.

Crane, derrick, and hoist safety hazards are addressed in specific standards for the general industry, marine terminals, longshoring, gear certification, and the construction industry.

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OSHA releases a new Fact Sheet: "Preventing Semi-Tractor Driver Injuries during Container Lifting Operations"

As shore-side gantry cranes lift containers from semi-tractors in marine terminals, truck drivers may be exposed to injuries from being thrown about the cab unexpectedly, or “jostling.” The jostling of a driver can cause impact injuries, sprains, strains, and back injuries due to the truck cab landing violently and
unexpectedly on the ground. Proper training of workers and clear communication during lifting operations are essential in reducing semi-tractor lifting incidents and the injuries associated with jostling. Click link below for full article.

OSHA extends compliance date for crane operator certification

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule extending the deadline for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule* published Aug. 9, 2010 by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The rule also extends by three years the employer's responsibility to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely. The final rule becomes effective Nov. 9, 2014. Click Here for Full Article



Diane Lillicrap Discusses the Importance of Crane Safety



Resources for Cranes & Derricks Rule

Additional compliance assistance resources for the cranes and derricks in construction final rule have been posted to the OSHA Web site. These resources include:

  • OSHA's Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule page contains the complete text of the rule, additional fact sheets, a PowerPoint presentation, an archived Web chat and answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Subpart CC PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of Subpart CC.
  • Assembly and Disassembly fact sheet addresses the requirements for crane and derrick assembly and disassembly under Subpart CC of the rule.
  • Operator Qualification and Certification fact sheet addresses the requirements for operator qualification and certification under Subpart CC of the rule.
  • Qualified Rigger fact sheet is a guide for determining if a worker is qualified to properly rig the load for a particular job under Subpart CC of the rule.
  • Signal Person fact sheet explains the proper qualifications for a worker whose job is to direct a crane operator under conditions such as when the crane's point of operation is not in full view of the operator or the operator's view is obstructed in the direction the equipment is traveling.