[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 119 (Wednesday, June 20, 2018)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 28562-28563]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-13280]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1926

[Docket ID-OSHA-2007-0066]
RIN 1218-AC96


Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of public comment 
period.

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SUMMARY: On May 21, 2018, OSHA published a notice of proposed 
rulemaking (NPRM) titled ``Cranes and Derricks in Construction: 
Operator Qualification.'' The period for submitting public comments is 
being extended by 15 days to allow parties affected by the rule 
additional time to review the proposed rule and collect information and 
data necessary for comment.

DATES: Comments: The comment period for the proposed rule published in 
the Federal Register on May 21, 2018 (83 FR 23534), is extended. Submit 
comments to the proposed rule, including comments to the information 
collection requirements (described under the section titled ``Agency 
Determinations''), hearing requests, and other information by July 5, 
2018. All submissions must bear a postmark or provide other evidence of 
the date submitted.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments, hearing requests, and other material, 
identified by Docket No. OSHA-2007-0066, using any of the following 
methods:
    Electronically: Submit comments and attachments, as well as hearing 
requests and other information, electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. This docket may 
include several Federal Register notices for active rulemakings; 
therefore it is necessary to select the correct notice, or its ID 
number, to submit comments for this rulemaking. After accessing the 
docket (OSHA-2007-0066), check the ``proposed rule'' box in the column 
headed ``Document Type,'' find the document posted on the date of 
publication of this document, and click the ``Submit a Comment'' link. 
Additional instructions for submitting comments are available on the 
http://www.regulations.gov homepage.
    Facsimile: OSHA allows facsimile transmission of comments that are 
ten pages or fewer in length (including attachments). Fax these 
documents to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648. OSHA does not 
require submission of hard copies of these documents. For additional 
attachments that supplement comments submitted by facsimile (e.g., 
studies, journal articles), commenters must submit these attachments to 
the OSHA Docket Office, Technical Data Center, Room N-3653, OSHA, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20210. 
These attachments must clearly identify the sender's name, the date, 
subject, and the docket number (OSHA-2007-0066).
    Regular mail, express delivery, hand delivery, and messenger 
(courier) service: Submit comments and any additional material to the 
OSHA Docket Office, RIN No. 1218-AC86, Technical Data Center, Room N-
3653, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, 
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2350, TTY number: (877) 889-
5627. Contact the OSHA Docket Office for information about security 
procedures concerning delivery of materials by express delivery, hand 
delivery, and messenger service. The Docket Office will accept 
deliveries (express delivery, hand delivery, messenger service) during 
the Docket Office's normal business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET.
    Information Collection Requirements: OSHA welcomes comments on the 
information collection requirements contained in this rule on the same 
basis as for any other aspect of the rule. Interested parties may also 
submit comments about the information collection requirements directly 
to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk 
Officer for DOL-OSHA (RIN 1218-AC96), Office of Management and Budget, 
Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503, Fax: (202) 395-
6881 (this is not a toll-free number), email: 
OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov. See Paperwork Reduction Act section of 
this preamble for particular areas of interest.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency's name, the 
title of the rulemaking (Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator 
Qualification), and the docket number (OSHA-2007-0066). Absent 
copyright protections or other restrictions, OSHA will place comments 
and other material, including any personal information, in the public 
docket without revision, and the comments and other material will be 
available online at http://www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters 
should not submit statements they do not want made available to the 
public, or submit comments that contain personal information (either 
about themselves or others) such as Social Security Numbers, birth 
dates, and medical data.
    Docket: To read or download comments or other material in the 
electronic docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov or to the OSHA 
Docket Office at the above address. Some information submitted (e.g., 
copyrighted material) is not available publicly to read or download 
through this website. All submissions, including copyrighted material, 
are available for inspection at the OSHA Docket Office. Contact the 
OSHA Docket Office for assistance in locating docket submissions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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    General information and press inquiries: Mr. Frank Meilinger, OSHA 
Office of Communications; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email: 
Meilinger.Francis2@dol.gov.
    Technical inquiries: Mr. Vernon Preston, Directorate of 
Construction; telephone: (202) 693-2020; fax: (202) 693-1689; email: 
preston.vernon@dol.gov.
    Copies of this Federal Register notice and news releases: 
Electronic copies of these documents are available at OSHA's web page 
at http://www.osha.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Extension of the Comment Period

    On May 21, 2018, OSHA published a NPRM titled ``Cranes and Derricks 
in Construction: Operator Qualification'' (83 FR 23534). In the NPRM, 
OSHA proposed to amend 29 CFR part 1926, subpart CC, to revise sections 
that address crane operator training, certification/licensing, and 
competency. The purpose of these amendments are to: require 
comprehensive training of operators; remove certification by capacity 
from certification requirements; clarify and permanently extend the 
employer duty to evaluate potential operators for their ability to 
safely operate equipment covered by subpart CC; and require 
documentation of that evaluation.
    The public comment period for this NPRM was to conclude on June 20, 
2018, 30 days after publication of the NPRM. However, OSHA received 
requests from stakeholders for an extension of the public comment 
period (OSHA-2007-0066-0683 and -0693). These requests state that, 
given the complexity and significance of this NPRM, more time for 
submitting comments was necessary to gather information from members of 
the organizations and develop meaningful comments.
    OSHA agrees to an extension and believes that a 15 day extension of 
the public comment period is a sufficient amount of time to address 
these concerns in light of the short period of time remaining before 
the deadline for crane operator certification. Therefore, the public 
comment period will now conclude July 5, 2018. Comments can be 
submitted by following the procedures listed under ADDRESSES section of 
this notice.

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1926

    Certification, Construction industry, Cranes, Derricks, 
Occupational safety and health, Qualification, Safety, Training.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on June 15, 2018.
Loren Sweatt,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 2018-13280 Filed 6-15-18; 4:15 pm]
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