OSHA has published a new Final Rule in the November 9 edition of the Federal Register - Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Certification Extension - giving one more year for crane operators to become certified and employers to ensure their operators are competent.
This rule change comes one day before the previous standard was to go into effect and is effective immediately.
According to the notice, OSHA does not feel the one year extension will negatively affect operators and their employers, and will provide necessary time to comply with the crane rule originally published in 2010.
Two issues that have concerned industry are whether operators need to be certified by type and capacity, or just by type; and whether certification is sufficient by itself to deem an operator qualified to operate a crane.
OSHA has reaffirmed its intention to propose removing the capacity component of certification and said it would be unfair to employers to enforce the certification requirement before completing the separate rulemaking to change that criteria. Additionally, OSHA said it is not prepared to make a determination whether certification alone is insufficient in determining whether an operator is qualified.
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