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OSHA changes policy on monorail hoists in construction

Agency will not cite employers if they meet requirements for overhead hoists, training

Posted July 6, 2017

A new OSHA enforcement policy excludes monorail hoists from the requirements of Subpart CC — Cranes and Derricks in Construction, if employers meet the requirements for overhead hoists and general training standards.

Monorail hoists are attached to a fixed monorail mounted on equipment such as trucks, trailers, or scaffolding systems. Some monorail hoists can be extended and contracted in only one direction, and do not rotate, swing on a hinge, or boom out much farther than the equipment upon which they are mounted. In construction, these hoists are used to hoist precast concrete components, storage tanks, and mechanical equipment.

OSHA agreed with stakeholders that this equipment is significantly different than other cranes and derricks in construction.

The Agency says that under the new policy, it will not cite employers for failing to meet the requirements of Subpart CC, as long as they meet the other requirements of the standard.

The general industry requirements for monorail hoists remain in place and will be enforced.

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