There will be changes to three existing OSHA regulations starting in 2017. These three regulation changes by OSHA will impact crane operator certification requirements, redefining the term “hoisting.” They will also affect crane usage for railroad projects. Let’s examine each of these changes in a bit more depth.

OSHA Making Changes to Crane Rules

Redefining Crane Certification

Crane operators are currently being labeled as “certified” and “classified.” Each label means something different and applies a different level of knowledge and learning in regards to their work functions. The regulation change will most likely relate to certification covering a specific crane and one’s function. To date, the OSHA changes have not been fully outlined.

As a result of a change to this rule, costs to employers could either increase or decrease due to additional or fewer certification requirements.

Redefining the Term “Hoisting”

In addition, OSHA has proposed expanding the definition of “hoisting.” The definition will now include lifting or stabilizing of loads that have one end connected to the ground or that are connected to a structure. Initial concern speculated that this change could prevent workers from being allowed to work on structures partially supported by cranes. However, the rule clearly outlines that this is not the case.

Redefining Equipment Usage on Railroads

Another of the 2017 OSHA changes involves redefining the equipment usage rule for railroad work. Previously, specialized equipment used for railroad work wasn’t required to meet the same standards as the crane equipment. According to the new regulations, however, railroad equipment must now meet similar standards. When the rule was first introduced, the Association of American Railroads challenged it in court. The Association eventually lost, but as a result of the ensuing court case, the rule did not take effect until this year when the federal appeals court made a decision.

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