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Chapter 3.2. California Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (CAL/OSHA)
Subchapter 2. Regulations of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health

Article 12. Tower Cranes--Operating Permit and Certification Requirements

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§344.70. Tower Cranes--Operating Permit--Scope and Requirements.

(a) The permit requirements of this article apply to two types of tower cranes referred to in these orders as:

(1) "Fixed Tower Crane", which includes free standing and climber type tower cranes where the vertical mast or tower is attached to a fixed anchorage, foundation or undercarriage attached to rails, as defined in Labor Code section 7371(a) and (b) and section 4885 of title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, and,

(2) "Mobile Tower Crane", which includes mobile and self erecting type tower cranes, as defined in Labor Code section 7371(a) and (c) and section 4885 of title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.

(b) Any employer operating a fixed or mobile tower crane as described in this section shall obtain a permit from the District Office of the Division pursuant to this article prior to operating the tower crane.

Note: The requirements of this article are in addition to the permit requirements of section 341 et seq. of title 8 of the California Code of Regulations applicable to the erection of the vertical mast or tower for a fixed tower crane.

(c) For the purposes of this article an operating permit is required when the fixed or mobile tower crane is ready for operation, which means the crane has been erected (in the case of a fixed tower crane) and certified for operation by a Division-licensed crane certifier.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 60.5, 6308, 7371, 7373 and 7375, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 7371, 7373 and 7375, Labor Code.

HISTORY

1. New section filed 7-15-91 as an emergency; operative 7-15-91 (Register 91, No. 44). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL 11-12-91 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.

2. Amendment of NOTE filed 3-18-92; operative 3-18-92 pursuant to Government Code section 11346.2(d) (Register 92, No. 13).

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