OSHA Requirements for Use of Tag Lines

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Cranes and Derricks

OSHA guidelines require workers to use tag lines with cranes and derricks. Tag lines help hold loads dangling from cranes and derricks in place. However, OSHA regulations specify that workers should not use tag lines in crane and derrick operations if the tag lines create a safety hazard for workers.

Hoisting Materials

Whenever workers hoist heavy construction materials with hoisting equipment, they should use tag lines to control the loads, according to OSHA requirements.

Hoisting Steel

Workers erecting structural steel should use tag lines to control moving loads of steel, says OSHA.

2010 Oil Spill Cleanup

The OSHA oil spill cleanup guidelines require workers on shore or in shallow water on jet skis to wear a long shirt and long pants or overalls while handling tag lines. Workers should also wear safety gloves, protective eyewear, shoes with traction, life vests and hard hats.

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