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“Ground Conditions for Construction Plant” document from the UK Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) – Available at

Watch how your new USACE contracts are written, as they will soon indentify (if not already) this version (2014) of the EM-385-1-1 as the project safety requirements.  Get ahead of the curve  . . . . now!,2008BeingRevised.aspx

This link (also on the page above) is a power point presentation of the highlights of the new changes made.  However this does not cover all of the changes ? so make sure you read the actual sections.,%202014%20Sections/SAFETY_EM_IMPLEMENTATION2015.pdf


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OSHA – Occupational Safety & Health Administration

US Army Corps of Engineers – Safety & Health

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO)

Work Safe British Columbia

The Federation of Piling Specialists

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

OSHA Letters of Interpretation OSHA standards addressing hoisting personnel into and out of drilled shafts with a drill rig. OSHA standards addressing mobile crane-hoisted boatswain chairs. Boatswains’ chair; hoisting personnel; The use of cranes to lower employees into drilled pier foundations. Drilling and pile driving operations. Safety chain requirements for pile driving hammer hoses Will a caution tape or rope perimeter satisfy the requirement in Subpart N, §1926.550(a)(9), for a barricade around a crane’s swing radius? Does OSHA require specific protection for cable terminal connectors on portable welders? Barricading Swing Radius of Backhoes Whether the swing radius of an excavator has to be barricaded. Variance from the guarding requirements within the swing radius areas of the superstructure of the crane. When personal fall protection is used at a drill shaft, is a warning line also required? Clarification of the term controlling entity and responsibility for ground conditions for safe crane operations.