Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

October 16, 2014


Q&A: Suspending equipment from a crane overnight

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Do Oregon OSHA rules allow me to suspend work-related equipment from a crane overnight?


Suspending working gear (such as slings, spreader bars, ladders, and welding machines) is allowed if the weight of the gear is negligible relative to the lifting capacity of the crane and the gear is suspended over an area other than an entrance or exit.

In all other cases, the crane operator must not leave the controls while the load is suspended unless all of the following apply:

You can find the requirements in Oregon OSHA's Subdivision CC rules on crane operation; see 1926.1417(e), Leaving the equipment unattended.

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