The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that broadens the current exemption for digger derricks used in the electric-utility industry. The exemption has been expanded to include telecommunications work in addition to electric-utility work. This final rule provides a complete exemption from having to follow the requirements of Subpart CC of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The digger derricks exemption is part of the Cranes and Derricks final standard that was issued August 9, 2010.
Digger derricks are pieces of equipment used to drill holes for utility poles. These digger derricks are commonly used by companies to place poles inside holes and attach transformers and other items to the poles.
OSHA published a direct final rule and a companion notice of proposed rulemaking on November 9, 2012, and received a significant adverse comment on the direct final rule during the comment period. The agency then withdrew the direct final rule on February 7, 2013. After considering the comment, OSHA is issuing this final rule based on the notice of proposed rulemaking.
The rule becomes effective June 28, 2013.