OSHA is seeking comments to a proposed rule regarding railroad construction equipment provisions in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The agency says the proposed rule, which was published yesterday, would maintain safety and health protections for workers, and address employers’ compliance burdens.

History of the regulation

The final rule for Cranes and Derricks in Construction was published August 9, 2010. the Association of American Railroads (AAR) filed a petition challenging certain requirements affecting railroad roadway work equipment.

OSHA and AAR negotiated a settlement agreement in September 2014 that requires OSHA to propose a rule that will provide clarifications and exemptions affecting work on or along railroad tracks.

How to comment

Comments to the proposed rule can be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments may also be submitted by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. Submissions must be received by September 17, 2018.