It was a long, cold Winter in the Northeastern part of the United States. We wondered if we would ever see warm weather again. The end of March and beginning of April was a whirlwind of temperature changes and precipitation in all forms. As the weather begins to warm up, now is the time when people start spring cleaning and taking care of maintenance both inside and outside of their homes.
Spring is also the perfect time for companies to clean house and make sure they are compliant with all the safety rules and regulations which they are required to follow under OSHA and ASME guidelines. You do not want to be caught on a job or have an incident without the necessary proof of training for your equipment operators on file. Therefore, now is a great time to clean up your files and make sure they are all up to date and, if not, schedule required training for your employees. Do not sweep training under the rug; the fines are not worth it.
What Certification Does Your Crane Operator Need?
April and May have been busy months at Total Equipment Training scheduling training and NCCCO Certification for our existing and ever-expanding new clientele. After NCCCO announced “It’s Not Worth The Wait” program, our phones were steadily ringing from clients we currently provide Mobile Crane Operator Training asking if their employees need to be certified or if the operator training we have always provided covers them.
For now, it’s a fine line. All employers need to provide training and testing to make sure their operators are competent to operate any type of equipment. Our mobile crane training program is designed to be site and machine specific. The classroom portion of our program covers all OSHA and ASME regulations for each type of crane(s) you operate. The practical portion consists of making sure the operator is able to handle the piece of equipment safely and competently for the specific work they do.
Certain states and cities require certification through a third-party certification agency that is approved by OSHA. NCCCO is the golden standard. NCCCO certification differs in that it is not site specific. It explores in depth the responsibility of the crane operator, the lifts, the crane, etc. It is for the experienced operator who is expected to be able to operate a crane in all situations.
OSHA’s Deadline for Crane Operator Certification
OSHA has set a new deadline for November of 2018 that all crane operators must be certified through a recognized certifying agency. While the ruling has been postponed numerous times, all indications are the rule eventually will be passed.
The truth of the matter is, certification takes time. You can’t make a phone call and expect to test your employees that week. Once a decision to certify is made, it typically takes four weeks just to register for the test and have an examiner scheduled to come to your facility. Total Equipment Training’s trainers are required to be certified with the NCCCO as both operators and examiners.
The Importance of Having the Proper Crane Certifications
Cranes are used for so many things that so often go unnoticed and are taken for granted. As you drive along the Schuylkill Expressway, The New Jersey or Pennsylvania Turnpike, I95 New York to Virginia you see billboards, overpasses being repaired or built, buildings going up, —all which utilize cranes. Not having the proper certifications will virtually put a stop to building and repairing infrastructure.
On-Site Crane Operator Training in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
So, where have we been these past few months? Our concentration has been in North Jersey areas including Paulsboro, Carteret, Long Island New York as well as Philadelphia areas including Camden. We provided NCCCO Certification for Energy Companies, Transit Authorities, and National Contracting Companies. These companies made the decision go ahead with the certification rather than wait to see the verdict of the OSHA Ruling. A fine decision in our opinion. Their operations will continue no matter what the ruling says. We feel it is in the best interest that, if you depend on a crane for your operations, you do not wait.
Does Your Organization Need Crane Operator Training?
Total Equipment Training will come to your site to provide whatever training or certification is needed. We have found that crane operators are more likely to pass the certification exam when they are trained using their own equipment which they are already familiar and comfortable with.
If you are interested in crane operator training, contact us today so we can go over your needs to create a training program specific to your requirements.