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OSHA Update August 10, 2010 Jack Rector Area Director El Paso Area Office Lubbock District Office.

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1 OSHA Update August 10, 2010 Jack Rector Area Director El Paso Area Office Lubbock District Office

2 Topics to be covered Fatalities/Catastrophes/Accidents New crane and derrick standard OSHA news release on 28 July, 2010

3 Fatality information (FY 2010) Sixteen (16) work related fatality inspections conducted this fiscal year in the El Paso Area Office Jurisdiction Twelve (12) were related to oil and gas drilling, servicing, or transporting –75% of fatality inspections from Oil and Gas or related industry

4 Fatalities/Catastrophes No fatalities reported this month No catastrophes reported this month No accidents reported this month

5 Crane and Derrick Standard The final rule for Cranes and Derricks in Construction (29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC and Appendices A-C) was filed with the Federal Register at: _PI.pdf _PI.pdf The regulation text is available at: derricks/index.html derricks/index.html

6 Crane and Derrick Standard The final rule will be formally published in the FR on August 9th with an effective date of November 8, 2010 Certain provisions have effective dates ranging from 1 to 4 years

7 Crane and Derrick Standard This new standard will comprehensively address key hazards related to cranes and derricks on construction worksites, including the four main causes of worker death and injury: electrocution, crushed by parts of the equipment, struck-by the equipment/load, and falls.

8 Crane and Derrick Standard Expected to prevent 22 fatalities and 175 non-fatal injuries each year Requires operators of most types of cranes to be qualified or certified within 4 years Certification requirements are designed to work in conjunction with state and local laws

9 Crane and Derrick Standard Significant requirements include use of synthetic slings in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions during assembly/disassembly work; assessment of ground conditions; qualification or certification of crane operators; and procedures for working in the vicinity of power lines.

10 Heat Stress Some methods of abating heat stress hazards in workplaces include, but are not limited to: –Permitting workers to drink water or cold liquids (e.g., sports drinks) at liberty; –Establishing provisions for a work/rest regimen so that exposure time to high temperatures and/or the work rate is decreased

11 Heat Stress Developing a heat stress program which incorporates the following: –A training program informing employees about the effects of heat stress, and how to recognize heat-related illness symptoms and prevent heat-induced illnesses; –A screening program to identify health conditions aggravated by elevated environmental temperatures; –An acclimation program for new employees or employees returning to work from absences of three or more days; –Specific procedures to be followed for heat-related emergency situations; and –Provisions that first aid be administered immediately to employees displaying symptoms of heat-related illness.

12 OSHA El Paso Area Office/Lubbock District Office EP: 4849 North Mesa, Suite 200 El Paso, Texas Phone: (915) LB: 1205 Texas Ave., Room 806 Lubbock, Texas Phone: (806) OSHA


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