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7/6/2017 - OSHA Announces Policy Change for Monorail Hoists
Contact: Ted Beville, Executive Director
Scaffold & Access Industry Association 816.595.4840
OSHA Announces Policy Change for Monorail Hoists 
July 6, 2017- OSHA has released a new enforcement policy excluding monorail hoists under its Subpart CC - Cranes and Derricks in Construction rule.  

Under the policy, employers will meet the requirement if they are in compliance with OSHA's rules for overhead hoists and general training standards. 

"This enforcement policy is a commonsense approach to addressing industry concerns while also ensuring workers are protected," said Dean McKenzie, director of OSHA's directorate of construction. 

The policy change was made in response to comments from stakeholders and in recognition that a monorail hoist, which is attached to a fixed monorail mounted on equipment such as trucks, trailers, or scaffolding systems, is significantly different from other cranes and derricks in construction. 

While some monorail hoists can be extended and contracted in only a fixed horizontal direction, they do not rotate, swing on a hinge, or boom out much farther than the equipment on which they are mounted. They are often used in construction to hoist precast concrete components, storage tanks, and mechanical equipment. 

The general industry requirements for monorail hoists remain intact.  

Kevin O'Shea, chairman of the SAIA Mast Climber Council: "This is a hugely important step by OSHA, recognizing the challenges our industry has had with compliance to OSHA's Crane Regulations. It now means that our industry's robust training programs, safe use criteria and inspection requirements, will be at the forefront of our continued efforts to reduce accidents. The Policy Change on Monorail Hoists will also lead the way in the attempt to address compliance issues for 'pivoting material hoist systems'. The Mast Climber Council will continue to work for a resolution for this type of equipment."

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The Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) is a non-profit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. The SAIA represents all facets of the scaffold and access industry through various councils that include, aerial work platform, construction hoist, fall protection equipment, international, industrial, mast climbing, plank and platform, shoring, supported scaffold and suspended scaffold. Through its various programs, the SAIA promotes safety, training and a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access professional. The SAIA delivers thousands of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world. These programs cover all aspects of scaffold and access safety and equipment use. The SAIA is also the secretariat for the American National Standard, SAIA ASC A92 and A11 standards. For more information, call 816 595.4860 or visit us at
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