Proposed Changes to OSHA's Crane Operator Requirements
OSHA Proposes New Rulemaking for Current Crane Operator Requirements
On May 18, OSHA proposed a change to the Crane and Derricks construction standard, specifically Operator Qualification and Certification. This change will modify the training and certification requirements for crane operators and add a new requirement where employers would need to evaluate crane operators, regardless of previous licenses or third-party evaluations. This will provide employers with a greater opportunity to verify their own operators and control the training being provided, which OSHA found many employers were choosing to do anyway.
The new rule will also remove a provision (which technically never went into effect) where third-party testers must specify both the type and operating capacity of equipment an operator is certified to operate. When the rule was released in 2010, this provision was added in to allow for employers to have more knowledge of previous experience when certifications/trainings are carried from employer to employer. However, since the proposed rule would require the employer to provide their own training and competency test for new employees, this requirement no longer has any meaning.
To evaluate whether an employee has sufficient competency to operate a crane, OSHA will also be providing specific competencies for employers to evaluate such as:
- Inspecting the equipment before use
- Traveling with and without a load
- Operating from a barge
- Leveling the crane
- Assessing when a load is unstable
- Making judgment decisions about environmental factors and the wind
- Performing a magnitude of crane lifts
- Hoisting various loads of different weights and sizes
- Operating the crane near existing power lines
Additionally, the new rule would give guidance to employers with operators in training to ensure that they can safely monitor employees who have not operated this type of equipment previously.
As this change is in the proposal phase, employers can submit their comments on the proposed rule directly to OSHA for consideration until June 20, 2018 via www.regulations.gov.
In the meantime, the operator certification compliance requirement, which was extended last year to a new deadline of November 10, 2018, is still on schedule pending the results of this proposed rule.
If you have any questions, talk to a member of the ‘A’ Team.
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