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Proposed Changes in Cranes and Derricks in Construction

Public Hearing Scheduled for:

October 1, 2014, 1:30 pm, Labor & Industries Building, Basement – Conference Room E, 350 Winter Street NE, Salem, OR 97301

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, known as Oregon OSHA is proposing to amend 1926.1427(k), extending the phase-in expiration date for crane operator certification and the employer duty to ensure competent and safe crane operations to November 10, 2017.

In February 2011, Oregon OSHA adopted by reference federal OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. Oregon’s phase-in period for crane operator certification and employer duties located in 1926.1427, paragraph (k) of Division 3, Subdivision CC has an expiration date of November 10, 2014.

On February 10, 2014, federal OSHA published in the Federal Register a proposal to extend the phase-in expiration date by three years to November 10, 2017 to allow time to address national stakeholder concerns about equating certification with qualification as well as the requirement for operators to be certified by both type and capacity of crane. Oregon OSHA agrees that the phase-in deadline in 1926.1427 Operator qualification and certification, paragraph (k), should be delayed.

Comment period closes October 10, 2014. Read More

Safety Recall

Harris Products Group has issued a recall for some welding torches/handles that pose a significant fire hazard to the users. There have been verified incidents of the problem throughout industry, fortunately without injuries to any of the users or their co-workers. Harris Products Group has directed that consumers (to include contractors) must immediately:

  • stop using any/all Lincoln Electric/Harris Products Group welding torches that are identified as affected by this specific recall, and
  • contact Harris Products Group to receive a free replacement.

For a complete list of recalled products, view the recall notice.

Oregon OSHA Construction Depot publication is available online.

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