North Carolina Ratifies Cranes and Derricks Rule

After the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) was successful in having all proposed cranes and derricks rules approved by the Rules Review Commission with a proposed effective date of July 1, the Commission received at least 10 letters of objection to the first of 65 pages. This page covered the rule's scope. The letters subjected the rule to legislative review and ultimately delayed the enforcement of the remaining rules until the General Assembly was able to take action on the scope.

In support of the NCDOL, SC&RA staff and representatives from several members—Buckner Companies, National Commission for Certification of Crane Operators, Southern Industrial, and Insulatus—provided testimony during the public hearing.

Additionally, SC&RA member Eddie Williams, Buckner Companies, worked closely with North Carolina State Senator Bob Atwater, Speaker Joe Hackney and Representative Rick Glazier to get this piece of legislation into effect in North Carolina. Their efforts helped convince the General Assembly to include language in HB 703 that would allow NCDOL to implement and begin enforcing these rules this year.

HB 703 (Session Law 2009-217) was ratified on June 30 and signed into law later that day by Governor Beverly Purdue. To give itself and the regulated community sufficient time to learn the intricacies of the new rules, the NCDOL has delayed the effective date until Oct. 1. To review North Carolina's new cranes and derricks rules, click here.