osha crane rule

OSHA is proposing to move the compliance deadline for crane operator certification up by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. Currently, the date for certification is set for Nov. 10, 2014. The qualification requirements cover cranes and derricks used in construction work. Once OSHA issued the original notification regarding the compliance date, they began to receive many concerns from within the industry, which lead them to propose the extended deadline.

By : 
Mike Larson

Unintended consequences is a phrase describing unforeseen—and often unfortunate—effects resulting from an action. It can be a lofty way of saying “oops.” Before too long, users of mast-climbing work platforms (MCWPs) who rely on jib lifts to raise block, brick, glass, and other construction materials to the elevated platform may be coping with an unintended consequence of OSHA’s new crane operator certification regulation.


When OSHA issued its final rule for cranes and derricks in August 2010, the new regulation replaced a standard for cranes and derricks that dated back to 1971. While this historic regulation is expected to prevent 22 fatalities and 175 non-fatal injuries per year, it was written only for cranes and derricks used in construction. For cranes used in demolition and underground work, the previous 40-year-old regulation continued to apply.