OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Address Crane Operator Qualification
On May 21, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise crane operator training, certification/licensing, and competency. The proposed changes would: (1) require comprehensive training of operators; (2) remove the provision that requires certification by capacity; (3) clarify and permanently extend the employer's responsibility to evaluate crane operator competency; and (4) require documentation of that evaluation.
The proposed rule was released ahead of the November 10 compliance deadline for enforcement of crane operator certification. AGC has been working with OSHA on developing reasonable crane operator standards since serving on an industry advisory panel in 2002. AGC will be following this rulemaking closely and will be working with members to draft and submit comments on the proposed rule by the June 20 deadline.