OSHA Proposes New Rule for Crane Operators in Construction

On May 18th 2018, OSHA published its proposed rule for crane operators in construction to amend requirements in the previous rule from 2010. The proposed rule removes the requirement for operators to be certified in the capacity of the crane being used. This would allow for more operators to be able to meet the requirement. The likely date of enforcement will be in April 2019.

OSHA’s Previous Rule on Crane Operators

In 2010 OSHA issued the final rule for cranes and derricks. This rule required crane operators to be certified by type of crane and the capacity of the crane. While this may sound like a logical requirement, the trouble is no certification existed for capacity of cranes, only for type. OSHA extended the deadline of compliance from 2014 to 2017 so that certification organizations could alter their programs to align with OSHA’s new requirement. As of November 2017 no certification program included capacity, so OSHA extended the compliance date again until November of 2018 and put out a new proposed rule which would remove the requirement for capacity from the standard. According to the NCCCO (National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators) OSHA does not believe it will be able to get the proposed rule passed in time for the November 2018 enforcement date, and requested until April 2019 as a proposed enforcement date.

Changes in the New Proposed Rule

To sum it up, there are three big changes included in the new proposed rule:

  • Removal of the requirement to certify operators by capacity of the crane.
  • The proposal would permanently maintain the employer’s duty to evaluate its operators.
  • The proposed rule also added that employers must pay for their employees’ certification with no cost to the employee.

For specific questions pertaining to the requirements for Crane Operators, contact our Safety Helpline:

888-70-Safety (888-707-2338) or email SafetyHelpline@Optimum-USA.com

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