Last week, OSHA issued a direct final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction with the goal to protect workers from hazards associated with hoisting equipment used during construction activities.

This rule is also to apply to underground construction and demolition that are already being used by other construction sectors, and will streamline OSHA’s standards by eliminating the separate cranes and derricks standard currently used for underground and demolition work. The rulemaking also corrects several errors introduced in the 2010 rulemaking to make it easier for workers and employers to understand and implement these standards.

The direct final rule will become effective November 15, 2012, unless OSHA receives a significant adverse comment by September 17. If the agency receives significant adverse comments, the accompanying notice of proposed rulemaking will allow the agency to continue the notice-and-comment component of the rulemaking by withdrawing the direct final rule.

To submit comments, visit:, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Submissions may also be sent via faxor mail. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments must be submitted by September 17.