Working with underground utilities is one of the most under-appreciated risks faced by our generation of construction. It is there. It is patiently waiting. It never misses an opportunity.
Some exciting news coming out of OSHA. Recent revision to the crane standards have been published for public use.
Under the final rule, employers are required to train, certify/license, and evaluate operators to safely perform crane activities. Operators can be certified based on either the crane's type and capacity, or type only, ensuring that more accredited testing organizations are eligible to meet OSHA's certification program requirements. Most requirements in the final rule will become effective on Dec. 9, 2018. The evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective on Feb. 7, 2019. For more information, see the news release.
Definitely worth a read to ensure compliance and effectively safe work.
Although many of us are familiar with the topping out practices of a evergreen tree and an American flag proudly displayed on a white beam, most are not aware the history of the event dates back centuries.