OSHA 1910 Decoded

The number one rule to understanding OSHA is to understand that it’s not just the OSHA 1910 document. Because of three words, OSHA is not just a single document but rather hundreds of documents and thousands of pages.

Incorporation By Reference

Three simple words, “Incorporation by reference” opens the flood gates. It means the 11 pages of “Overhead and Gantry Cranes” is only the tip of the iceberg. 


OSHA 1910.179 specifically references a dozen document, but it is influenced primarily by one document, ANSI/ASME B30.2: Overhead and Gantry Cranes, (Top Running Bridge, Single or Multiple Girder, Top Running Trolley Hoists) and secondarily by a whole host of specifications.

OSHA 1910.179 Overhead and Gantry Cranes

So we must get started somewhere and it makes sense to start with the “mother” document, OSHA 1910.179 Overhead and Gantry Cranes. Let’s tear the Crane section apart, paragraph by paragraph.

Forensic Expert Witness

The OSHA 1910 is the touchstone reference document for the Forensic Expert Witness as well as the Plant Engineer.

Larry Dunville