OSHA Proposes Revisions to Construction Crane Operator Certification

In the May 21, 2018 Federal Register the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed updating its crane operator certification requirements. Employers must ensure crane operators are qualified to safely operate equipment. Additionally, other changes Testing organizations may, but are not required to, issue certifications distinguished by rated capacities. The rule also removes the requirement for different levels of certification based on rated lifting capacity of equipment, which was finalized in 2010, but never came into effect.

The proposed rule requires that crane operators be trained, certified/licensed, and evaluated prior to operating any cranes regulated under subpart CC, except for derricks, sideboom cranes, or equipment with a maximum manufacturer-rated hoisting/lifting capacity of 2,000 pounds or less. Employees who have not been certified/licensed and evaluated to operate the equipment may only operate the equipment as an operator-in-training under supervision. Retraining is required for any operator whenever an employer has believes that retraining is necessary based on the performance or evaluate of the operator’s knowledge.

The certification requirements will be applicable November 10, 2018.

Public comments will be accepted through June 20, 2018.