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ASSE Announces Release of Standard for Safety Requirements in Steel Erection in Construction and Demolition Operations

Posted in on Thu, Jul 7, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the release of the newly published A10.13 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard, Safety Requirements for Steel Erection.  The A10.13 standard has been updated from a version previously published in 2001 and a comparison document is available for viewing changes. The A10.13 standard was written and developed for companies and craftspeople to be able to erect steel structures and metal decks safely and effectively.  Proper planning and execution of erecting steel structures are guided thoroughly by the A10.13.

In a June 2011 interview with ASSE’s Professional Safety, William H. Treharne, A10.13 Subgroup chair and director of engineering and administration for Midwest Steel, Inc., noted  many risks are associated with erecting steel structures. “Erecting structural steel creates many safety issues. Fall protection is the biggest challenge, but there are many ways to get hurt.”  Site conditions, electrical wires and more can all be serious hazards when erecting steel structures and  A10.13 provides excellent practices for ensuring risks are minimized and job sites are as safe as possible.

One of the most important revisions to the standard for 2011, according to Treharne, is the emphasis on preplanning or building safety into the construction of steel structures, with the end result being safer jobs and safer job sites for all.  As the industry continues to evolve due to changes in the ways companies do business and technological innovations, the A10.13 subcommittee will continue to reevaluate the standard as necessary in the future to provide the most up-to-date best practices for the industry.

The ANSI/ASSE Accredited Standards Committee serves the construction and demolition industry and the series of A10 standards serve as guides for contractors, labor and equipment manufacturers in the construction and demolition industry to help make work practices safer for all workers.  The A10 standards serve as excellent reference tools for those in the construction and demolition field.  ASSE serves as the ANSI secretariat for 10 additional standards committees, working with professionals worldwide to establish best practices for protecting people, property and the environment.  ASSE has published more than 60 standards and has several new standards under development.

For more information about ASSE’s work with ANSI and current standards projects, please visit  The new A10.13 standard is available in print and electronically, and the comparison document for the 2001 and 2011 version of the standard is also available.  To purchase the standard or the comparison document package, please visit  For more information, please contact ASSE Customer Service at 847-699-2929 or

Standards play a critical role in the field of occupational safety and health, providing a set of regulations and level of excellence that must be met.  Standards help businesses improve safety and quality of life for employees, while enhancing competitive advantage for global businesses.  The ASSE Standards Development Committee works diligently to provide the most up-to-date standards to aid in regulating dangerous work activities and preventing injuries and illnesses.

Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  Its more than 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, healthcare and education.  For more information, please go to and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to



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