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Erik Sine

Crane Certification Update?

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Anyone know what the deal is with the OSHA Crane Certification?  I thought I heard the requirement is postponed or put off complacently?

 

Or maybe I heard wrong altogether

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delayed again

 

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Concerning the crane training requirements, I am under the impression we have until Nov. 10, 2018.  Below is what I pulled directly off the OSHA.gov website and I didn't see anything that showed it being delayed again.  If someone can find something else showing it delayed, it will save me some significant cost.

OSHA Issues Final Rule Setting Compliance Date for Crane
Operator Certification Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule setting November 10, 2018, as the date for employers in the construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification. The final rule becomes effective November 9, 2017.

OSHA issued a final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010. After stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule’s certification requirements, OSHA published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. This one-year extension provides additional time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recommended delaying enforcement of the certification requirement and extending the employer assessment responsibilities for the same period.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.


U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (federal relay).

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ISA just hosted a webinar yesterday that discussed this very topic. What they said was that, as of right now, everything is on track to go into effect this coming November.

It’s important to note that it may not be worth waiting to get your crane certifications, should you choose to lift anything over 2000 pounds, or utilize a crane that has the capability to lift over 2000 pounds (yes, that is correct...if your crane is a normal Altec or Elliott style truck that lifts 5900 pounds, you will not be able to use it without a certified AND qualified operator). The process to certify operators can be very cumbersome, and may not happen first time around. Best case scenario is that your operator passes first time, then waits 6-8 weeks to get their certification card. 

One point they brought up was that OSHA will be very strict about not only being “Certified” (NCCCO, CIC, NCCER, etc.), but the operator will have to be “Qualified” as well. Qualified is ONLY determined by the employer, and requires that all training and use of that particular piece of equipment be documented. Once the employer determines that operator is in fact trained on that specific piece of equipment (one crane is not the same as another, unfortunately), he/she can deem them “Qualified”. OSHA will want to see all of this documented, though. It was said multiple times in the webinar, so it is worth saying here again...”Operator Experience is Not Enough to Satisfy this Requirement.”

Finally, you can expect that the wait for the certification courses and tests will just be increasing from now until far beyond the November deadline. Most crane certifiers are mostly booked up at this point, so it will be a tough last minute fix, especially when you add in the timeline to get it completed, as explained above.  The sign industry isn’t the only industry affected by these regulations, so those other industries are in the same boat. And if you choose to get your crane de-rated or choose to get another crane to replace your current one (that is only rated to lift 2000 pounds), remember that lead times will likely be increased around that time due to demand and the fact that the end of the year purchasing will be in full swing.

Bottom line is that there is quite a bit that needs to happen to make sure your operators and your company is in compliance with the upcoming regulation, and it might not be worth the wait to see if it hits or not. All indications at this point (according to ISA) suggest that this regulation will in fact be passed.

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Ben is correct.  This regulation has already been passed.  OSHA delayed the enforcement date until November 10, 2018.  OSHA will begin enforcing November 16, so crane operators need their certification by that time.  

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Here in Ontario Canada, I have my 0-8 ton sign erector crane ticket.  I used to teach a course on it, and you would get a license with the provincial logo on it. Outside sources started to teach, the course ie "Smooth Operator" .We had one situation where an installation crew was working by the MOL building (Ministry of LAbour) and produced one of these other source tickets and were shut down. Since that time the Province has gotten out of issuing them, but expect all the crane operators to have them. 

But anyways I have my government issued license since 1993, I have been asked to produce it twice in that period of time, I imagine if an accident really did happen they would ask me to produce it then.

As i said I taught the course, and at the regional sign show here, I guy who works for a safety group told me , that i need to be tested by their company to be legal now. I asked what their experiance they had in crane safety and told me very little. 

I checked with the province and they told me me I was legal , and because they teach the course and issue a certificate, they also could be legal, being that the onus would fall on them and the operator that had the accident.

 On another note here , our cranes can be inspected by competent person once a year. Define competent? The government says as long as a competent person as documented it, it is legal.

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How many times now have we heard "Starting in November"

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