On May 18th, 2018 OSHA announced a proposed rule that would have direct effect on crane operators and their employers. The proposed change would make the employer responsible for ensuring that workers operating cranes on a job site are qualified to operate that equipment safely. As part of the proposed rule change, the categories of crane operator certifications would be adjusted to allow more operators to meet those requirements.
The proposed rule would also eliminate a requirement that was instituted in 2010 (but never put into place) that requires crane operator certifications to list the crane lifting capacity that the operator is certified for. The types of certification programs available to crane operators would also be broadened. The public comment period ends on June 20th, 2018. Employers and those operating cranes on construction sites have until November 10th, 2018 to comply with crane operator certification requirements.
If you have questions about compliance with current certification requirements for those operating cranes on job sites or if you’re interested in creating a safety plan for your business, feel free to give us a call at 864.905.7835.