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OSHA Updates Standard for Cranes and Derricks in Construction

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is s updating the agency's standard for cranes and derricks in construction by clarifying each employer's duty to ensure the competency of crane operators through training, certification or licensing, and evaluation. OSHA is also altering a provision that required different levels of certification based on the rated lifting capacity of equipment. While testing organizations are not required to issue certifications distinguished by rated capacities, they are permitted to do so, and employers may accept them or continue to rely on certifications based on crane type alone. Finally, this rule establishes minimum requirements for determining operator competency. This final rule will maintain safety and health protections for workers while reducing compliance burdens.

This final rule is effective on December 10, 2018, except the amendments to 29 CFR 1926.1427(a) and (f) (evaluation and documentation requirements), which are effective February 7, 2019.

The page is linked to the Federal Register page. Note due to the federal shut down a notice pops up: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/11/09/2018-24481/cranes-and-derricks-in-construction-operator-qualification?fbclid=IwAR05Zpb_7fLGjSjI4E0T3FIq3Fw6nkG-CiVGkKEO00d1-5Uwi3q_7HvC1ew.