OSHA Issues Final Rule on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on November 8, 2018 2 Comments

Truck-borne crane at residential build site

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Wednesday published its final rule that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators and requires employers to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment.

Under the final rule, employers are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities. They must also evaluate crane operator performance and document the evaluations.

Employers who have evaluated operators prior to Dec. 9, 2018, will not have to conduct those evaluations again, but will be required to document when those evaluations were completed.

The rule also requires crane operators to be certified or licensed, and receive ongoing training as necessary to operate new equipment. Operators can be certified based on the crane’s type and capacity, or type only, which ensures that more accredited testing organizations are eligible to meet OSHA’s certification program requirements.

The final rule revises a 2010 requirement that crane operator certification must specify the rated lifting capacity of cranes for which the operator is certified. Compliant certifications that were already issued by type and capacity are still acceptable under this final rule.

The final rule, with the exception of the evaluation and documentation requirements, will become effective Dec. 9, 2018. The evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective Feb. 7, 2019.

For more information, please contact Rob Matuga.

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  1. Densel says:

    How many accidents during the last 5 years cause by crane operations??

    • NAHB Now says:

      Densel, the numbers are hard to come by, but in the language of the rule, OSHA states: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 47 crane operators were killed between 2011 and 2014, which does not include accidents with non-fatal injuries or crane incidents causing fatalities or injuries to workers other than the crane operator.

      As part of the rulemaking process, OSHA analyzed crane accidents and the Agency concluded that crane incidents are more likely to be reduced if a company ensures that an operator possesses equipment-specific skills and knowledge in addition to certification.

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