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September 29, 2014

OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

Danger Electrocution Hazard keep all parts of this crane away from power lines
OSHA just issued a final rule extending by three years the deadline for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule to Nov. 10, 2017. The rule also extends by three years the employer's responsibility to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely. The OSHA final rule becomes effective Nov. 9, 2014.

The cranes and derricks rule published in August 2010 required crane operators on construction sites to meet one of four qualification/certification options by November 10, 2014.

During the three-year period, OSHA will address operator qualification requirements for the cranes standards including the role of operator certification.
The final cranes and derricks rule required crane operators on construction sites to meet one of four qualification/ certification options by Nov. 10, 2014. After publishing the final rule, a number of parties raised concerns about the Standard's requirement to certify operators by type and capacity of crane and questioned whether crane operator certification was sufficient for determining whether an operator could operate their equipment safely on a construction site.

The agency published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Feb. 12, 2014, proposing to extend both the deadline for operator certification and the employer duty to ensure competent crane operation for three years. OSHA has already begun the process of developing a standard to ensure crane operator qualifications.

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