OSHA Update - Crane Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule for public inspection today amending the agency’s crane standard. The final rule will maintain safety and health protections for workers, while reducing compliance burdens.

The final rule adds certain exemptions and clarifications to recognize the unique equipment and circumstances in railway roadway work. The rule also reflects that some OSHA requirements, with regard to the operation of railroad roadway maintenance machines equipped with cranes, are preempted by Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations.

The final rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2020 and will become effective 60 days after the date of publication.