The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has finalized its long-awaited approach to crane operator qualification and certification. The rule, which has followed a tortuous road to completion, ends the agency’s multi-year effort to conclude its update of safety requirements related to crane and derrick use in construction.
The rule establishes a three-pronged approach to ensuring that crane operators can safely operate cranes:
- operator training for employees not yet certified to operate cranes;
- operator certification via four different permissible options; and
- employer evaluation of certified operators.
Construction employers with employees who operate cranes should assess their training, certification and evaluation programs now to ensure they are fully compliant with the new rule.
Reprinted courtesy of Bradford T. Hammock, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.