OSHA Seeking Comments on Proposed Crane Operator Certification Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OSHA is seeking public comment until June 20 on its proposed rule aiming to clarify crane operator certification requirements.  

The proposal reinstates the employer duty to ensure that a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment, OSHA said. 

It would also remove a 2010 provision, which never went into effect, that requires different levels of crane operator certification based on rated lifting capacity of equipment, according to OSHA’s notice published in the Federal Register. Additionally, the proposal would establish minimum requirements for determining operator competency.

According to OSHA, this proposal would expand the type of certification programs for crane operators and would ensure more operators are able to meet the requirement.

Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov, by fax, or by mail. Please see the Federal Register notice published at www.federalregister.gov for submission details.

The SC&RA said it is seeking member input on the proposed rule and will be submitting comments to OSHA by the deadline. Members can send their comments to Beth O’Quinn at boquinn@scranet.org.

OSHA had previously published an extension of the operator certification compliance date until Nov. 10, 2018, in order to provide the agency with additional time to complete this rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.