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.
- Review the final rule here (pdf).
- The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has developed a Top 10 FAQs on the delay. Check the list here.
- Review the original proposed rule (pdf).
- Browse crane safety signs and hand signal training materials here.