OSHA has issued a proposed rule addressing crane operator certification in construction.

Published May 21 in the Federal Register, the rule would permanently extend and clarify employers’ duties to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate equipment through training, certification or licensing, and evaluation.

According to the agency, the rule, if adopted, will increase the safety of America’s construction sites. In addition to providing long-term clarity regarding crane operator certification requirements, the proposal reinstates the employer duty to ensure that a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment.

Under the proposed rule, a change to the categories of certifications for crane operators would ensure that more operators are able to meet the requirement. The proposal discontinues a 2010 requirement, which never went into effect, that crane operator certification must include the crane lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. The proposal would expand the type of certification programs for crane operators and clarify that testing organizations are permitted, but not required, to issue certifications by rated capacities. Finally, it would establish minimum requirements for determining operator competency. Click here to continue reading…

Credit: Emily Scace | EHS Daily Advisor

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