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Small Business Committee Requests Review of OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction

WASHINGTON – Today, Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Subcommittee Chairmen Rod Blum (R-IA), and Trent Kelly (R-MS) sent a letter to the Honorable R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary of the United States Department of Labor and Ms. Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), requesting a thorough review of the regulation and analysis of OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in construction regulation and its impact on small businesses, as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA).

“The Committee is concerned about the potential significant burdens OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction regulation could impose on small agricultural and propane businesses and the customers served by these important industries. Congress recognized that by treating all regulated businesses, organizations, and governmental jurisdictions as equivalent in the regulatory process, small entities were being disproportionately impacted by federal regulations and a one-size-fits all approach was not always the best solution.”

Background: During the House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade hearing on July 19, 2018, witnesses attested to the considerable impact of the regulation and discussed the bureaucracy attributed to routine construction industry standards.

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