[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 75 (Wednesday, April 18, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 23117-23118]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-8881]


=======================================================================
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1926


Rigging Equipment for Material Handling Construction Standard; 
Correction and Technical Amendment

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

ACTION: Final rule; correction and technical amendment.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: OSHA is correcting its sling standard for construction titled 
``Rigging Equipment for Material Handling'' by removing the rated 
capacity tables and making minor, nonsubstantive revisions to the 
regulatory text.

DATES: The effective date for the corrections and technical amendment 
to the standards is April 18, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    Press inquiries: Frank Meilinger, Director, Office of 
Communications, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3647, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-
1999.
    General and technical information: Kenneth Stevanus, OSHA Office of 
Engineering Safety, OSHA, Room N-3621, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-
2260.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    In OSHA's Standards Improvement Project-Phase III final rule, 
published on June 8, 2011, the Agency stated that it was amending its 
standards regulating slings for general industry, shipyard employment, 
and construction by removing outdated tables that specify safe working 
loads, and revising other provisions that referenced the outdated 
tables (see 76 FR at 33591 and 33597). To replace these tables, OSHA 
added requirements that prohibit employers from loading slings in 
excess of the recommended safe working load prescribed on 
identification markings located on, or attached to, each sling; these 
requirements also prohibit the use

[[Page 23118]]

of slings that do not have such markings.
    While OSHA removed the load-capacity tables for slings from Sec.  
1910.184 (general industry; tables N-184-1, and N-184-3 through N-184-
22) and Sec.  1915.118 (shipyard employment; tables G-1 through G-5, G-
7 through G-8, and G-10), including references to these tables in Sec.  
1915.112 and Sec.  1915.113, the Agency failed to include in the 
regulatory text provisions to remove the tables in Sec.  1926.251 
(construction; tables H-1, and H-3 through H-19), and redesignate Table 
H-2 to H-1 and Table H-20 to H-2. This notice, therefore, amends Sec.  
1926.251 by removing most of the existing tables (H-1, and H-3 through 
H-19), redesignating Table H-2 as Table H-1 and Table H-20 as Table H-
2, and revising paragraphs (b)(5) and (c)(5) to indicate the new table 
number.

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1926

    Occupational safety and health, Construction, Shackles, Slings.

Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, MPH, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary of Labor for 
Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, authorized the 
preparation of this document. Accordingly, pursuant to Section 6 of 29 
U.S.C. 655, Section 4 of 5 U.S.C. 553, Secretary of Labor's Order No. 
1-2012 (77 FR 3912), and 29 CFR 1911.5.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on April 9, 2012.
David Michaels,
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
    Accordingly, OSHA is amending 29 CFR part 1926 by making the 
following corrections and technical amendments:

PART 1926--SAFETY AND HEALTH REGULATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION

Subpart H--Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal

0
1. Revise the authority citation for subpart H to read as follows:

    Authority:  40 U.S.C. 3701; 29 U.S.C. 653, 655, 657; and 
Secretary of Labor's Order No. 12-71 (36 FR 8754), 8-76 (41 FR 
25059), 9-83 (48 FR 35736), 1-90 (55 FR 9033), 4-2010 (75 FR 55355), 
or 1-2012 (77 FR 3912), as applicable. Section 1926.250 also issued 
under 29 CFR part 1911.

0
2. Amend Sec.  1926.251 as follows:
0
a. Revise paragraph (b)(5) and (c)(5) introductory text;
0
b. Add a reserved paragraph (c)(5)(ii);
0
c. Remove Tables H-1 and H-3 through H-19; and
0
d. Redesignate Table H-2 as Table H-1 and Table H-20 as Table H-2.
    The revisions read as follows:


Sec.  1926.251  Rigging equipment for material handling.

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (5) Whenever wear at any point of any chain link exceeds that shown 
in Table H-1, the assembly shall be removed from service.
* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (5) When U-bolt wire rope clips are used to form eyes, Table H-2 
shall be used to determine the number and spacing of clips.
* * * * *
[FR Doc. 2012-8881 Filed 4-17-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-26-P