OSHA will Propose to Extend Crane Operator Certification Compliance Date

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it will propose to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The proposal also would extend to the same date the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure their operators are qualified to operate the equipment.

OSHA issued a final standard on requirements for cranes and derricks in construction work Aug. 9, 2010. The standard requires crane operators on construction sites to meet one of four qualification and/or certification options by Nov. 10, 2014. After OSHA issued the standard, various parties raised concerns about the qualification and certification requirements.

OSHA is considering addressing these concerns through a later separate rulemaking. The agency will propose to extend the compliance date so the qualification and certification requirements do not take effect during potential rulemaking or disrupt the construction industry.

OSHA held three stakeholder meetings in April regarding operator certification and qualification issues and posted detailed notes of the meetings; to view the notes, 
click here.

The agency also plans to post a list of frequently asked questions on its Cranes and Derricks in Construction Web page to provide additional clarification and address some comments and concerns raised by stakeholders. To view the Web page, 
click here.

(From NRCA Newsletter)

Trenton H. Cotney
Florida Bar Certified Construction Lawyer
Trent Cotney, P.A.
1211 N Franklin St
Tampa, FL 33602


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