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OSHA Extends Crane Operator Certification Deadline to November 2018


On November 9th, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Notice of Propose Rulemaking to extend the timeframe in which employers have to make sure that their crane operators are competent. The announcement, which is effective immediately, comes just one day before the previous standard was set to go into effect. It states that employers now have until November 10, 2018, to enforcement crane operator certification amongst their employees.

OSHA states that the deadline adjustment was made to allow the organization a sufficient amount of time to complete the necessary work on addressing the two main issues that are of industry concern since the original crane rule was published back in 2010. The first being whether crane operators should be required to be certified by type and capacity, or just by type; second, whether the certification is sufficient enough to grant an operator qualified to operate a crane.

A press release from The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) stated that they “supported the additional delay “reluctantly” since the changes to the rule were critically important to the effectiveness of the certification requirement” said Graham Brent, CEO of the NCCCO. The press release from the NCCO went on to say that, “it was important OSHA acted with urgency. Since the positive impact of professionally developed, third-party, accredited crane operator certification on the incidence of deaths and injuries caused by crane accidents has been amply demonstrated during the more than 20 years that NCCCO has been providing it every delay means that this nation’s workers continue to be exposed to risks that would otherwise have been mitigated.”
According to the notice released by OSHA, they do not feel as this one-year extension will pose any threats to crane operators or their employers. Instead, it will provide them with the time necessary to crane with the crane operator certification rule which was originally published in 2010.

Until November 10, 2018, employers are required under the standard to ensure that all crane operators are thoroughly trained and competent to operate the crane safely in all setting.

If your organization is in need of crane operator training, contact us today!

Letter from the President – 1/21/14

Barb Fullman

Just because you asked…

Here is the scoop about OSHA’s intent to extend crane operator compliance deadline for CCO Certification.

OSHA has announced that it will propose to extend the compliance date by three years to November 10, 2017.

The time extension will give the industry (contractors and certifying entities) time to meet compliance directive. We are pleased with OSHA’s announcement about this extension, and we will continue to cooperate with the agency to determine the best course of action to protect all workers and contractors.

While the Crane Regulation has been extended to 2017, please remember that the rule falls to your state (i.e., PA, NJ, NY all require all operators to be certified NOW)! Also please check the OSHA guidelines on some training that you may not be up to date on. Make sure you are in compliance.

Employer should keep a record of all safety training for each employee. Records can provide evidence of the employer’s good faith and compliance with OSHA standards. Employees must be able to clearly demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary skills or knowledge to function safely in the workplace.

Call today for your free estimate at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date,

Barb Fullman