The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on May 21 that it is amending its proposed rule for crane operator training and certification. The new version of the rule removes the need for crane operators to get different levels of certification based on the rated lifting capacity of the equipment.

The new rule amends the OSHA crane standard that was published in 2010. The standard said that employers were required to only allow certified operators to operate cranes, and outlines the training requirements to receive certification. The standard went into effect in November, 2014, with a four-year phase-in period to meet training and certification requirements. The current deadline is November 10, 2018, and a comment period for the updated rule is open until June 20.

Previously, the rated-capacity requirement allowed for operators to be qualified on any crane with the same or lower rated-capacity than the crane they had been tested on. But according to OSHA, several testing organizations objected to this requirement as they did not offer certifications by crane capacity in their programs. Following a series of meetings with industry members from from 2010 to 2015, OSHA’s Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health recommended in April 2015 that the rated-capacity requirement be removed from the standard. Click here to continue reading…


Credit: Engineering News Record

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