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OSHA amends crane standard for rail work


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that revises the standard for cranes and derricks used in railroad roadway work. 

The new rule recognizes the unique equipment and circumstances in rail roadway work. It also notes that some OSHA regulatory requirements are preempted by Federal Railroad Administration regulations, according to a notice in the Federal Register.

"The revised standard provides a clearer understanding of which regulatory requirements are applicable, resulting in a more effective regulatory program and ultimately improved safety," the notice states. 

The final rule goes into effect Nov. 16.


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