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Avoiding OSHA Citations
With tens of OSHA regulations and industry standards governing the use of cranes, rigging and lifting equipment across all types of industries, it can be hard to discern exactly what is required of you, your crew and your equipment.
Getting it right is essential, given the potential ramifications of an OSHA citation or, worse, an incident or accident on site.
It is likely that you’re aware of the major regulations governing your work (for example, 29 CFR 1926.1427, which details Operator Training & Certification for mobile cranes in construction). However, it is the less obvious, niche standards that you might miss.
More Than One Standard May Apply
Often, a job will be covered by more than one ruling. More than likely, it will be covered by four:
- An OSHA regulation
- An ANSI standard
- A manufacturer’s instruction
- Company policy
On occasion the rulings may contradict each other, but very often OSHA will actually incorporate an ANSI/ASME Standard into its Regulation.
Regardless, the guidance is clear: whenever more than one ruling applies, always chose the strictest of the options.
Finding the Correct Standard
There are 3 ways you can find the correct standard.
- Option one is to browse the standards themselves, perhaps searching for the key words in the titles. If you prefer this option, or you know exactly what standard you’re looking for, you can see our comprehensive list of crane and rigging standards right here.
- The second option is to filter the standards by three primary considerations:
- Finally, option 3 is to use our simple tool. In less than a minute, you will answer a series of simple questions and be directed to the principal, applicable standards for your use-case.