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August 19, 2011

Online Help with OSHA Crane Rules

crane hand signals posterFederal OSHA law mandates that riggers and signalers working as part of a crane crew be currently certified through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). The NCCCO now has dedicated an area on its website to helping employers, operators, riggers, signalers and others from industry better understand the personnel qualification requirements under federal OSHA's new rules for cranes and derricks in construction.

Understanding the OSHA Rule and How It Affects You compiles resources from OSHA and NCCCO including full regulatory text, historical background and OSHA fact sheets explaining the qualification requirements for each job function. The page also includes links to analysis and relevant documents that can help employers and employees understand the rules and ensure compliance with the new personnel qualification requirements.

A guide details which cranes are covered by the rule and shows explanatory graphics including a flowchart for determining when a certified operator is required for articulating cranes and loaders. A memo and letter of interpretation from OSHA that clarify the difference between "construction" (which this rule applies to), and "maintenance" (which it doesn't), are also included.

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