OSHA Delays Deadline for Crane Operator Certification After NAHB Urging

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health, Legal by on November 27, 2017 0 Comments

Under the urging of NAHB, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is delaying its deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year until Nov. 10, 2018.

OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same one-year period.

NAHB supported OSHA’s proposal to extend these dates for crane operator certification for a second time, but NAHB remains concerned that OSHA’s requirements for third-party certification of crane operators remain too restrictive and are still too onerous, and unjustifiably so (see our attached comment letter).

Having trained and competent crane operators is important. NAHB believes that no one should operate any crane that they do not know how to operate. It is the responsibility of the operator’s employer to make sure the equipment operator has the knowledge and skill to run the relevant type of crane the operator will be using and is competent to do so safely.

However, NAHB still maintains that the requirements that impose third-party operator certification are unreasonable as it pertains to the size of cranes used in home building, because OSHA’s certification process does not mean the operator is actually skilled in a particular crane’s operation.

NAHB still believes that none of the four options set forth in 29 C.F.R. § 1926.1427 for operator qualification or certification is feasible or practical for the home building industry.

NAHB maintains that OSHA must address the restrictive crane operator qualification and certification in a future rulemaking and reexamine 29 C.F.R. § 1926, Operator Qualification and Certification, in its entirety. OSHA should also reconsider effective and feasible alternatives, including those NAHB put forth in 2009, for ensuring that crane operators can safely operate cranes.

For additional information, contact Rob Matuga at 800-368-5242 x8507.

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