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OSHA delays enforcement of crane operator documentation requirements for ‘good faith’ employers

Washington — Employers who make “good faith efforts” to document their evaluations of crane operators have an additional 60 days to comply with OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Extension, according to a Feb. 7 enforcement memorandum from the agency.

By: Safety + Health Magazine – National Safety Council
Photo: AntonMatveev/iStockphoto

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Silica: A Deathly Hazard

Silica is an extremely common mineral compound found throughout numerous industries and applications across the globe. It exists in nature primarily as quartz, although in many areas it is a major component in sand. It is the second most common mineral in the earth’s crust. Occupationally, it affects approximately 2.3 million individuals in the United States alone. Inhaling crystalline silica dust can lead to debilitating and fatal lung cancers and diseases, most notably silicosis.

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Fall Protection tops OSHA’s annual ‘Top 10’ list of most frequently cited violations

Fall Protection is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard for the eighth consecutive year, the agency and Safety+Health announced on Tuesday October 23rd, at the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo.
Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented preliminary data for OSHA’s Top 10 most-cited violations for fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30. Kevin Druley, associate editor for S+H, moderated the session.

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OSHA Issues Final Rule Setting Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

Eight years after it began the process of finalizing a rule to govern the certification of crane and derrick operators in the construction industry, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finally issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that could just possibly be adopted as a final-final—they really mean it—final rule in 2019.

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