OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule has just cleared the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), setting the stage for this important rule to be published within the next few weeks.

As previously discussed in this space, this final rule has been several years in the making.  The proposal contained over 40 separate sections of detailed requirements in such areas as crane assembly, crane operation, inspections, and operator training and certification.  The most controversial provision in the proposed rule related to “Operator Qualification and Certification.” OSHA proposed that all crane operators be certified to operate a crane, principally by having the operators trained and tested by an “accredited” crane operator testing organization.  This provision alone was estimated by OSHA to cost employers $37.3 million.

Construction employers who use cranes in their operations must be prepared to implement the requirements in the final rule.  Once published, we will provide additional information on the final rule’s provisions.

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Photo of Bradford T. Hammock Bradford T. Hammock

Brad Hammock is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis, practicing exclusively in the safety and health area. He heads Jackson Lewis’ Workplace Safety and Health practice group.

He joined the firm in 2008 after serving for ten years…

Brad Hammock is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis, practicing exclusively in the safety and health area. He heads Jackson Lewis’ Workplace Safety and Health practice group.

He joined the firm in 2008 after serving for ten years as an OSHA attorney within the Department of Labor including, most recently, for more than three years as lead counsel for safety standards. As lead counsel, Mr. Hammock managed attorneys who worked with OSHA on regulatory initiatives, compliance assistance, and enforcement policy. He had direct responsibility for more than 20 major OSHA regulatory initiatives, including rulemakings on personal protective equipment, confined spaces, and crane safety.

Before his promotion to lead counsel, Mr. Hammock worked as a regulatory attorney for OSHA, focusing on ergonomics. He was one of the lead attorneys during the development of the OSHA ergonomics standard in 2000 and had primary responsibility for the Department of Labor’s comprehensive approach to ergonomics in 2002. Mr. Hammock is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most experienced attorneys on ergonomics.

Education

  • University of Virginia/Bachelor of Arts in American Government/1992
  • Syracuse University College of Law/Juris Doctor, magna cum laude/1996

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia