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OSHA Proposed Regulations on Steel Erection

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OSHA is proposing a new version of "Safety Standards for Steel Erection", a
copy of which can be downloaded from their site at

These proposed regulations should be of particular interest to structural
engineers since the document attempts to define the role of the "Project
Structural Engineer of Record" in establishing steel erection procedures.

Some questions that should be answered include:

-  How will these regulations impact the liability of the Owner, Architect
and the Structural Engineer?

-  What will the impact on insurance premiums be?

-  Do these regulations create a conflict with typical project general
conditions which make the contractor responsible for site safety and means
and methods?

-  Are the provisions on designing of anchor bolts for erection loads
adequate?  What of wind and other erection loads?

-  If we evaluate the partially complete structure for stabiliy what impact
will this have on fees?

-  Does the typical Structural Engineer of Record have the necessary
expertise in erection safety to develop safe erection procedures?

-  Should not the ultimate responsibility for erection safety remain with
the individual who has direct control over the erection process?  What
would prevent the Contractor from hiring an engineer to develop erection

-  If these regulations are adopted what is the likelyhood that there will
be other regulations adopted making the Structural Engineer of Record
responsible for more aspects of site safety?

There is a limited period for public comment before these regulations are

Mark Gilligan  SE