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OSHA Proposes Extending Crane Operator Compliance Date

By Roy Maurer  2/11/2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years, to Nov. 10, 2017. Issuing the proposed rule Feb. 10, 2014, the agency also included in its proposal an extension to that same compliance date for employers to ensure that their operators are trained and qualified to operate crane equipment.

In August 2010, OSHA issued a final standard for cranes and derricks in construction work that requires a crane operator to meet one of four qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2014. In public meetings the agency held in April 2013, crane-industry representatives voiced concerns about and requested changes to the crane operator testing and certification requirements.

OSHA decided to extend the enforcement date so that the certification requirements do not take effect during potential rulemaking or cause disruption to the construction industry, according to an agency statement.

Stakeholders affected by the testing requirements were most concerned about the definition of a “qualified” operator, the requirement that operators be tested and certified on each capacity and type of crane they will operate, and the recertification of certified operators by the effective date.

A list of frequently asked questions is posted on OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction web page to clarify and address stakeholders’ comments and concerns.

Comments on the proposed rule to extend the compliance date for crane operator certification must be submitted by March 12, 2014. See the Federal Register notice for submission details and more information about the proposed rule.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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