October 7, 2022

Construction Guide

Subpart R Steel Erection


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OPERATION SAFE SITE has been providing safety consulting, training, and program assistance to the construction industry since 1994, with instructors who have experience dating back to the mid-1970’s.

Since our inception in 1994, OPERATION SAFE SITE has strived to create believable, informative, interactive training tools to help keep our safety training upbeat and enjoyable. As members of numerous national organizations, we’ve stayed close to the development of new rules and regulations as they come up, always trying to provide the best interpretations and guidance to our clients.

The new Subpart R Steel Erection Standard, which went into effect on January 18th, 2002, is one of those rules we’ve followed closely – both in house, and with other knowledgeable individuals across the country. We’ve spoken to many of the parties directly involved in the promulgation of the rule, and have paid close attention to the entire negotiated rulemaking process, to get a “feel” for the intent of the rule, and how it might be interpreted and enforced by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

We’ve attempted to provide our interpretation of the rule, along with what we consider to be suitable training and background tools, in this package.

It is important to note that, in many circumstances, we believe the rule could be more stringent, in some we believe it can be unclear, and in others, we believe that OSHA may have a difficult time enforcing the rule, either for legal or site-specific reasons. That being said, however, we also believe that the new rule is the “best minimum” we have available today, and that, as an industry, constructors and contracting owners need to be aware of the various new requirements the rule entails, and should be ready for enforcement activity by OSHA in the Spring of 2002.

In some cases throughout the included documents, we have included our comments on “best practices”, as opposed to regulatory requirements, and it should be understood that, as safety professionals, we will always strive to encourage those best practices, rather than merely compliance.

These documents are provided for guidance only, with the understanding that, as a multi-faceted operation, steel erection activities, plans, and training will have to be customized to companies, projects, and specific activities.

Special thanks to:

Jack O’Donovan, Gilbane Building Company, Providence, RI, SENRAC Member

Bob Emmerich, PE, SAFE-CON, LLC, Madison, WI, Rule Commenter and fellow safety trainer

(as a guideline only…all programs should be read carefully, reviewed for accuracy, and edited as required to meet your company’s specific needs. It would be impossible for us to ascertain your needs from such a distance!)

You may wish to contact your attorney for a review of the enclosed policies/programs and their applicability in the states in which you work. OPERATION SAFE SITE accepts no responsibility for the improper use of this information.

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