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November 30, 2010
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The new OSHA standard for cranes and derricks which went into effect November 8 is expected to help prevent worker injuries and deaths, according to OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Jordan Barab.

In a recent speech to the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) of New York, Barab noted that cranes and rigging present significant dangers for workers. “We were long overdue to modernize the OSHA standard to reflect current technology and techniques,” Barab said.

Anticipating concerns about compliance, Barab said there will be a “ramp-up” in enforcement, and that an employer compliance guide and a compliance directive for compliance officers are currently in the works.

“Employers who already have good processes and work practices will probably only need minor adjustments in their efforts to comply with the new standard. It is those employers who are operating outside of the norm...that will have to change the most to comply.”



The new OSHA standard for cranes and derricks which went into effect November 8 is expected to help prevent worker injuries and deaths, according to OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Jordan Barab.

In a recent speech to the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) of New York, Barab noted that cranes and rigging present significant dangers for workers. “We were long overdue to modernize the OSHA standard to reflect current technology and techniques,” Barab said.

Anticipating concerns about compliance, Barab said there will be a “ramp-up” in enforcement, and that an employer compliance guide and a compliance directive for compliance officers are currently in the works.

“Employers who already have good processes and work practices will probably only need minor adjustments in their efforts to comply with the new standard. It is those employers who are operating outside of the norm...that will have to change the most to comply.”



The new OSHA standard for cranes and derricks which went into effect November 8 is expected to help prevent worker injuries and deaths, according to OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Jordan Barab.

In a recent speech to the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) of New York, Barab noted that cranes and rigging present significant dangers for workers. “We were long overdue to modernize the OSHA standard to reflect current technology and techniques,” Barab said.

Anticipating concerns about compliance, Barab said there will be a “ramp-up” in enforcement, and that an employer compliance guide and a compliance directive for compliance officers are currently in the works.

“Employers who already have good processes and work practices will probably only need minor adjustments in their efforts to comply with the new standard. It is those employers who are operating outside of the norm...that will have to change the most to comply.”

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