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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule 

The Crane Safety Technical Working Group (“TWG”), appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler following the February 2016 crane collapse in Tribeca, recommended that a lift director be “present at the jobsite full time, charged with supervising the overall activity of the crane and monitoring compliance with city crane regulations.”  (TWG recommendation #14) 

This rule:

  • mandates that a lift director be present at a construction site while a crane or derrick is performing certain tasks; and
  • identifies responsibilities for the lift director. 

The responsibilities of the lift director are based on those established by the B30 model standards for cranes, derricks, and rigging published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME”).  Additional requirements are also added for the lift director to verify compliance with New York City regulations and to ensure weather conditions are monitored and the crane or derrick properly secured.  The requirement to monitor weather conditions was recommended by the TWG (TWG recommendation #16).

The rule empowers the lift director to issue orders to personnel or to stop crane, derrick, or rigging operations when the lift director discovers a violation of safety protocols listed in the rule.  Where violations of safety protocols listed in the rule are not immediately corrected, the lift director is obligated to report the violation to the Department of Buildings. 

Further, the rule establishes a designation and notification system for the department to be informed of the lift director at the site.  It also requires the lift director to review relevant plans, and to hold a pre-shift meeting with relevant personnel.  The requirement for a pre-shift meeting was recommended by the TWG (TWG recommendation #15). 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and section BC 3319 of the New York City Building Code. 

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Effective Date: 
Wed, 05/24/2017

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, March 20, 2017
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

In 2015, the Department of Buildings established the Crane Rule Advisory Committee (“the committee”), made up of over three dozen representatives of crane and derrick manufacturers, filing engineers, operating engineers, riggers, and construction firms.  The committee has been engaged in a multi-phase effort to update the city’s rules for cranes and derricks, which are contained in 1 RCNY 3319-01.  Phase 1 was completed in January 2016.  The rule amendments herein proposed represent the second phase of this effort.  The department anticipates a third phase to culminate in additional rule amendments in the second half of 2017.

The proposed amendments incorporate recommendations made by the Department’s June 2009 High Risk Construction Oversight (“HRCO”) study that pertain to cranes and derricks, as well as recommendations made by the Crane Safety Technical Working Group (“TWG”), appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler following the February 2016 crane collapse in Tribeca.

These proposed amendments address the following issues related to cranes:

  • Safety related to high winds
  • Inspections
  • Documentation
  • Engineering plans
  • Operations near powerlines

Highlights of the proposed amendments include:

subdivision (b)

  • Adds new and revises existing definitions.
  • Revises the definition for self-erecting tower cranes to clarify that self-erecting tower cranes are a subset of tower cranes and cannot be considered a mobile crane.  The proposed amendments also recognize that self-erecting tower cranes are different from standard tower cranes and include proposed amendments which apply or exclude existing tower crane requirements to self-erecting tower cranes, as appropriate.  This reflects the recommendation of the TWG to create rules that apply to self-erecting tower cranes (TWG Recommendation #7).

subdivision (c)

  • Clarifies existing circumstances where a certificate of on-site inspection is not required and consolidates them under paragraph (1).  Currently, exceptions 1.1, 1.2, and 2.3 are found in paragraph (5) of subdivision (g) of the rule; exceptions 2.1 and 2.2 are found in paragraph (3) of subdivision (g) of the rule; exception 1.4 was found in 27-1057(d)(4) of the New York City administrative code.
  • Adds new provisions to restrict the use of exception 1.4 only to instances where the crane imposes a limited load on the ground, and does not impact underground infrastructure such as vaults or subway tunnels.
  • Adds Exception 1.3, which authorizes work related to the placement of a sidewalk shed or the initial level of a construction hoist without a certificate of on-site inspection.
  • Establishes a new requirement, Paragraph (5) of subdivision (c), to notify the Department in advance of specified crane or derrick activities.  The notification requirement was recommended by HRCO (HRCO Recommendation C-17).

subdivision (d)

  • Clarifies the rule to specify the type of information that the filing engineer for a tower crane installation in New York City must provide to the manufacturer of the tower crane, as well as the information the tower crane manufacturer must submit to the city.

subdivision (e)

  • Recognizes European standard, EN 16228, for the design of pile drivers.
  • Recognizes recent editions of standards published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for the design of cranes and derricks.
  • These and other instances throughout the proposed amendments where model standards are adopted reflect the recommendation of the TWG to adopt relevant model standards for cranes and rigging (TWG Recommendation #8). 

subdivision (g)

  • Completely revises the provisions in subdivision (g) related to the certificate of on-site inspection, which authorizes the use of a crane or derrick at a specific location within New York City.
  • Identifies the types of plans, calculations, and supporting documents that must be submitted with the application for a certificate of on-site inspection.
  • Requires that bolt and torque information be shown on the crane or derrick notice plan, as recommended by HRCO (HRCO Recommendation C-2).
  • Requires that load test procedures in subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (2) to be submitted as part of the application for a certificate of on-site inspection, as recommended by HRCO (HRCO Recommendation C-15).
  • Requires in subparagraph (v) of paragraph (2) that a New York State professional engineer must detail the wind restrictions for the crane or derrick, as well as the procedures to secure the crane or derrick in the event of wind.  The requirement for a wind action plan was recommended by the TWG (TWG Recommendation #19).
  • In Paragraph (6), allows the foundation, anchor stool, and first mast section of a tower crane to be installed prior to the approval of the application for the certificate of on-site inspection; this provision ensures proper alignment of the tower crane to the foundation and was recommended by HRCO (HRCO Recommendation C-9).
  • In Paragraphs (7) and (8) establishes a new signoff inspection for the certificate of on-site inspection.  This signoff will require a representative of the filing engineer and other specified personnel to inspect the crane or derrick at the job site to verify conformance with the approved plans.  This was recommended by the TWG (TWG Recommendation #13).
  • Requires an engineer to observe the tie-in installation as part of the signoff process, as recommended by HRCO (HRCO Recommendation C-8).

subdivision (h)

  • Establishes a new requirement for a crane or derrick log to be maintained at the job site.  The log must contain specified meeting and inspection records, as well as other applicable information.  The existing requirements in subdivision (h) are currently superseded by the requirements of Chapter 2 of Title 28 of the New York City administrative code.

subdivision (i)

  • Consolidates and clarifies existing requirements for the licensing and training of personnel associated with the use of a crane or derrick in subdivision (i).
  • Exceptions 1 and 2 to paragraph (1) cross reference existing code exemptions.  Exception 3 is currently found in paragraph (1) of subdivision (p).  Exception 4 is currently found in subdivision (a), and is rewritten to cross reference parallel requirements in the building code.  Exceptions 5 and 6 are new proposals.  Exception 5 mirrors exception 1.3 of paragraph (1) of subdivision (c).  Exception 6 authorizes dedicated pile drivers to be operated by individuals who hold a recognized national certification for pile drivers.
  • Paragraphs (6) and (7) adopt requirements from OSHA 1926 Subpart CC regulations related to personnel who assemble or disassemble a crane or derrick and add additional New York City training requirements.  Among other things, these paragraphs require that an assembly/disassembly director must be designated, and that the assembly/disassembly director is charged with ensuring compliance with the approved assembly/disassembly plan; this was recommended by the TWG (TWG Recommendation #12).

subdivision (k)

Revised the existing provisions related to crane and derrick inspections in subdivision (k).

  • Adopts in Paragraph (1) of subdivision (k) ASME requirements for frequent crane or derrick inspections, with modifications to account for unique conditions in New York City.  The requirement for the frequent inspection of the crane to be performed prior to each shift, and to be documented, was recommended by the TWG (TWG Recommendation #15).
  • Establishes in Paragraph (2) a new requirement for the hosting machine operator to inspect their machine at the end of the shift to verify it has been properly secured for out of service conditions.  This inspection was recommended by the TWG (TWC Recommendation #18).
  • Renumbers in Paragraphs (3) and (4) existing text related to periodic inspections and inspections of cranes or derricks that have been idle for a specified period of time.  Edits were made to reflect the structure of the revised rule.  The technical specifications of the inspections will be revisited in a future phase of the crane rule revision process.
  • Creates a new section (Paragraph (6)) which requires certain special inspections be performed on cranes and derricks.  This was recommended by HRCO (HRCO Recommendations C-8 & C-9).

subdivision (r)

  • Adopts ASME requirements for signals, and cross references existing training and certification requirements for signalpersons in the New York City building code.

subdivision (s)

  • Adopts in Paragraph (1) provisions from HRCO (HRCO Recommendation C-5) related to crane counterweights.
  • Adopts in Paragraph (3) requirements from OSHA 1926 Subpart CC regulations concerning crane operations near a power line. NYC’s existing regulations for crane operations near a power line are currently superseded by these OSHA requirements.  The proposed amendment also requires that certain information related to crane operations near a power line must be submitted as part of the application for a certificate of on-site inspection.
  • Paragraphs (5), (6) and (7) cross reference existing provisions related to cranes used in demolition, as well as to existing Department of Transportation requirements.
  • Moves existing provisions from subdivisions (t), (u), and (v) to subdivision (s).

subdivision (t)

  • Consolidates and clarifies wind and weather restrictions for cranes and derricks in subdivision (t).
  • Relocates the requirement currently found in paragraph (2) of subdivision (s) prohibiting the operation of cranes and derricks in winds of over 30mph to subdivision (t), and clarifies in paragraphs (3) and (4) the difference between start of work and in-service scenarios.
  • Creates a new requirement in paragraph (7) that the wind be measured via an anemometer installed on the crane or at the site, as recommended by the TWG (TWG Recommendation #4).
  • Clarifies in Paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (t) that the hoisting machine operator must review and follow the requirements of the wind action plan and the applicable procedures of the equipment manufacturer.
  • Expands in Paragraph (5) the wind and weather restrictions that apply to assembly/disassembly operations.

subdivision (u)

  • Requires that plans and documents must be maintained at the site, available to the hoisting machine operator, lift director, and assembly/disassembly director.

subdivision (w) and (x)

  • Cross references existing requirements of the New York City administrative code.

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and section 3319.1 of the New York City Building Code.

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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

The Department’s current regulations for cranes and derricks are found in Reference Standard RS 19-2 of the 1968 New York City Building Code (RS 19-2).  This standard is being repealed and replaced by this rule.

 

This rule:

 

  • addresses the minimum safety requirements for, and regulates the design, construction, permitting, installation, removal, adjustment, repair, inspection, maintenance, operation, and use of cranes and derricks.

 

  • references, utilizes, and requires compliance with the latest nationally recognized American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), European Committee for Standardization (EN), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standards.

 

  • incorporates several recommendations made by the Department’s High Risk Construction Oversight (HRCO) study (issued June 2009) that pertain to cranes and derricks. 

 

  • is the first phase of a multi-phase effort to increase public safety by modernizing New York City’s crane and derrick regulations.

 

  • is based on input from over three dozen representatives of crane and derrick manufacturers, filing engineers, operating engineers, owners, and construction firms.

 

Subdivisions (a) through (e) of the rule incorporate and edit provisions of RS 19-2 that pertain to the certificate of approval, as well as the definitions and scope language contained in RS 19-2.  The certificate of approval (also known as the “prototyping process” or “prototype”) is the first of three certificates that must be obtained before a crane or derrick can operate in New York City.  The certificate of approval evaluates the design of the make and model of the crane or derrick, and authorizes the make and model of the crane or derrick to operate in the city.  Provisions retaining to the other two certificates (operation and on-site inspection) will be addressed by rule in subsequent phases.

 

Specifically:

 

  • Subdivision (a) of the rule is derived from Section 1.0 of RS 19-2.

 

·         It is revised to update cross references from the 1968 New York City Building Code to the New York City Construction Codes, and to utilize terminology contained in the Construction Codes. 

 

·         Language is added to clarify that equipment which meets the definition of a crane or derrick is covered by the scope of the rule, and follows similar action taken by OSHA to clarify that dedicated pile drivers and other machinery are considered to be a crane or derrick under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

 

  • Subdivision (b) of the rule is derived from Section 2.0 of RS 19-2, and contains the definitions utilized in the rule.

 

·         A number of the definitions are contained in Chapter 33 of the Building Code and are republished here for convenience.

 

·         Definitions not currently found in RS 19-2 are added.

 

·         The definitions of “attachments” and “component” are derived from HRCO recommendation C-20.  HRCO further recommended that the department develop a system to track components and attachments; this will be assessed in a future phase.

 

·         The remaining definitions are currently found in RS 19-2, with some modifications made for clarity or to reflect current technology.

 

·         HRCO recommendation C-12 proposed that the city update its crane regulations to reflect a new type of crane, an “articulating boom crane.”  The definitions for “crane” and “articulating boom crane” are modified in the rule to match earlier changes made to these definitions in the Construction Codes to conform to the HRCO recommendation.

 

  • Subdivision (c) of the rule cross references and consolidates existing provisions for crane certificates and permits.

 

  • Subdivision (d) of the rule contains the requirements for the certificate of approval.

 

·         This language replaces the provisions in section 3.0 of RS 19-2, which is deleted.

 

·         Paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) adopts certain items in HRCO recommendation C-7 concerning standards to be followed by crane and derrick manufacturers, as well as information crane and derrick manufacturers need to supply to the department.

 

·         Paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) requires technical information related to the crane or derrick’s wind design and counterweight configurations to be submitted to the department. 

 

·         Also, paragraph (1) requires an engineer to provide a technical certification as to the design of the crane or derrick. 

 

·         Current requirements from RS 19-2 for a brochure, load rating charts, and listing of components to be submitted by the manufacturer are retained in paragraph (1).

 

·         Paragraphs (2) and (3) reflect current requirements.

 

·         Paragraph (4) clarifies the circumstances that trigger an amendment to a certificate of approval, and the information to be filed as part of an amendment.  It also establishes two new pathways to file an amendment; the first by the manufacturer and the second by an owner of a crane or derrick.  These pathways are derived from OSHA, which limits the ability of an owner to modify a crane or derrick.  (See 29 CFR §1926.1434).

 

·         Paragraph (5) establishes a new pathway for manufacturers to provide updated information, such as manuals and checklists, to the department without triggering the need to file an amendment.

 

·         Paragraph (6) provides specific criteria for providing the department with safety bulletins and recall notices. 

 

·         Paragraph (7) requires notification if the manufacturer loses its ISO accreditation. 

 

·         Paragraphs (8) and (9) reflect current requirements.

 

  • Subdivision (e) sets forth acceptable design and testing standards for which cranes or derricks must satisfy in order to be issued a certificate of approval.

 

Subdivisions (f) through (x) of this rule contain items relating to jobsite specific design and operation of a crane or derrick.  These are simply a re-promulgation of sections of RS 19-2, with minor edits made to renumber and correct cross-references.  These sections will be amended by rule in subsequent phases.

 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code and section 3319.1 of the New York City Building Code.

 

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Effective Date: 
Fri, 01/01/2016

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, November 9, 2015
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

  

The Department’s current regulations for cranes and derricks are found in Reference Standard RS 19-2 of the 1968 New York City Building Code (RS 19-2).  This standard is being repealed and replaced by this rule.

 

 This proposed rule:

  

  • addresses the minimum safety requirements for, and regulates the design, construction, permitting, installation, removal, adjustment, repair, inspection, maintenance, operation, and use of cranes and derricks.

 

  • references, utilizes, and requires compliance with the latest nationally recognized American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), European Committee for Standardization (EN), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standards.

  

  • incorporates several recommendations made by the Department’s High Risk Construction Oversight (HRCO) study (issued June 2009) that pertain to cranes and derricks. 

  

  • is the first phase of a multi-phase effort to increase public safety by modernizing New York City’s crane and derrick regulations.

  

  • is based on input from over three dozen representatives of crane and derrick manufacturers, filing engineers, operating engineers, owners, and construction firms.

  

Subdivisions (a) through (e) of the proposed rule incorporate and edit provisions of RS 19-2 that pertain to the certificate of approval, as well as the definitions and scope language contained in RS 19-2.  The certificate of approval (also known as the “prototyping process” or “prototype”) is the first of three certificates that must be obtained before a crane or derrick can operate in New York City.  The certificate of approval evaluates the design of the make and model of the crane or derrick, and authorizes the make and model of the crane or derrick to operate in the city.  Provisions retaining to the other two certificates (operation and on-site inspection) will be addressed by rule in subsequent phases.

  

Specifically:

  

  • Subdivision (a) of the rule is derived from Section 1.0 of RS 19-2.

  

·         It is being revised to update cross references from the 1968 New York City Building Code to the New York City Construction Codes, and to utilize terminology contained in the Construction Codes. 

  

·         Language is added to clarify that equipment which meets the definition of a crane or derrick is covered by the scope of the rule, and follows similar action taken by OSHA to clarify that dedicated pile drivers and other machinery are considered to be a crane or derrick under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

  

  • Subdivision (b) of the rule is derived from Section 2.0 of RS 19-2, and contains the definitions utilized in the rule.

  

·         A number of the definitions are contained in Chapter 33 of the Building Code and are republished here for convenience.

  

·         Definitions not currently found in RS 19-2 are added.

  

·         The proposed definitions of “attachments” and “component” are derived from HRCO recommendation C-20.  HRCO further recommended that the department develop a system to track components and attachments; this will be assessed in a future phase.

  

·         The remaining definitions are currently found in RS 19-2, with some modifications made for clarity or to reflect current technology.

  

·         HRCO recommendation C-12 proposed that the city update its crane regulations to reflect a new type of crane, an “articulating boom crane.”  The definitions for “crane” and “articulating boom crane” are modified in the rule to match earlier changes made to these definitions in the Construction Codes to conform to the HRCO recommendation.

  

  • Subdivision (c) of the rule cross references and consolidates existing provisions for crane certificates and permits.

  

  • Subdivision (d) of the rule contains the requirements for the certificate of approval.

  

·         This language replaces the provisions in section 3.0 of RS 19-2, which is deleted.

  

·         Paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) adopts certain items in HRCO recommendation C-7 concerning standards to be followed by crane and derrick manufacturers, as well as information crane and derrick manufacturers need to supply to the department.

  

·         Paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) requires technical information related to the crane or derrick’s wind design and counterweight configurations to be submitted to the department. 

 

·         Also, paragraph (1) requires an engineer to provide a technical certification as to the design of the crane or derrick. 

  

·         Current requirements from RS 19-2 for a brochure, load rating charts, and listing of components to be submitted by the manufacturer are retained in paragraph (1).

  

·         Paragraphs (2) and (3) reflect current requirements.

  

·         Paragraph (4) clarifies the circumstances that trigger an amendment to a certificate of approval, and the information to be filed as part of an amendment.  It also establishes two new pathways to file an amendment; the first by the manufacturer and the second by an owner of a crane or derrick.  These pathways are derived from OSHA, which limits the ability of an owner to modify a crane or derrick.  (See 29 CFR §1926.1434).

  

·         Paragraph (5) establishes a new pathway for manufacturers to provide updated information, such as manuals and checklists, to the department without triggering the need to file an amendment.

  

·         Paragraph (6) provides specific criteria for providing the department with safety bulletins and recall notices. 

  

·         Paragraph (7) requires notification if the manufacturer loses its ISO accreditation. 

  

·         Paragraphs (8) and (9) reflect current requirements.

  

  • Subdivision (e) sets forth acceptable design and testing standards for which cranes or derricks must satisfy in order to be issued a certificate of approval.

 

Subdivisions (f) through (x) of this proposed rule contain items relating to jobsite specific design and operation of a crane or derrick.  These are simply a re-promulgation of sections of RS 19-2, with minor edits made to renumber and correct cross-references.  These sections will be amended by rule in subsequent phases.

 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code and section 3319.1 of the New York City Building Code.

  

Material new to Rule 3319-01 that is not contained in RS 19-2 is underlined.

  

Material new to Rule 3319-01 that is contained in RS 19-2 is italicized.

  

[Material that is in RS 19-2 but is not being adopted in Rule 3319-01 is italicized and contained within brackets.]

 

 

 

 

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