The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it will hold a live web chat tomorrow from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss OSHA's new safety rules for cranes and derricks used in construction. Interested parties can access the web chat by visiting http://www.dol.gov/dol/chat.htm tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. Cranes and derricks have been a perennial danger on construction sites, and improved safety standards will be a welcome development. The new standards will be even more effective if Congress passes the Protecting America's Workers Act (PAWA), HR 2067, so that workers will own their own retaliation claims if they insist on following the new rule and suffer retaliation as a result. The full OSHA statement announcing the web chat follows in the continuation of this entry.
Please join OSHA on Wednesday, July 28 from 3-4 pm EST in a live Web chat to discuss new historic rules to be issued tomorrow addressing the safety of cranes and derricks in construction. This new standard will replace a decades old standard.
To participate, access the Web chat at http://www.dol.gov/dol/chat.htm at 3 p.m. EST. During this live meeting, you will be able to submit questions regarding the new cranes and derricks standard. You will also be able to follow our responses to other stakeholders as we post our replies live during the session.
OSHA is committed to informing and engaging the public and ensuring good jobs for everyone. We look forward to hearing from you on July 28.
Kimberly M. Tucker
Office of Communications
Occupational Safety and Health Administration