A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

1. TITLE 8:

GENERAL INDUSTRY SAFETY ORDERS
Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, Article 96, Section 4966(a)(1)

Erection, and Dismantling of Tower Cranes

INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS


INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 4966. Erection, Dismantling and Operation.

This section contains various requirements pertaining to the erection, dismantling and operation of tower cranes such as, but not limited to, the following: supervision of the erection, dismantling and climbing of tower cranes, use of fall protection, preventing tower crane collapse, securing the tower crane mast, supporting loads, use of load limit devices, etc.

Subsection (a)(1) requires that the erection, climbing and dismantling of a tower crane be performed as recommended by, and under the supervision of, a certified agent’s representative experienced in the erection and dismantling of tower cranes.

A revision is proposed to delete the existing subsection (a)(1) language after the word "….shall…." and replace it with the requirement that the erection, climbing (up or down) and dismantling of a tower crane shall comply with Section 341.1(b)(2) of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s regulations.

The proposed revision will clarify to the employer that he/she must provide a statement that a Division-licensed tower crane certifier/surveyor or distributor’s/manufacturer’s safety representative will be present during any of the aforementioned tower crane procedures. In addition, the proposal will afford the employer greater ease and flexibility in complying with the regulation to the extent that the supervision of the erection, climbing and dismantling of a tower crane will no longer be limited to a certified agency’s representative.

 

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