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Spring into Training; Are You OSHA Compliant?

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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.

NCCCO Introduces “It’s Not Worth the Wait” Program for Crane Certification

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Back in 2013, Federal OSHA discussed implementing a requirement of certifications for crane operators utilizing cranes with more than 2,000 pounds of lifting capacity by November 2014. This certification requirement would impact the vast majority of heavy equipment service vehicles within the construction industry. However, at the last minute, OSHA decided to delay the certification requirement date until November 2017. Then in 2017, OSHA again announced their delay of the ruling until November 10, 2018.

As a response to the continuous delays and unreliability of OSHA rulings, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) implemented a new public relations campaign this month called “It’s Not Worth the Wait.” Through this campaign, the NCCCO, the nation’s leader in crane operator’s accreditation, aims to drive awareness and understanding of the importance of crane operator training and certification. Although OSHA has delayed the date for crane operator requirements, NCCCO urges employers, crane operators and other personnel who work with or around cranes to not delay their training and certification any longer.

In a press release from the NCCCO, CEO, Graham Brent was quoted saying: “It’s not the first time the industry has had to come to terms with an extension of this rule, but, in the minds of most safety-conscious professionals, this should not be a reason to further delay training and certification. Every day that goes by without certified operators in the cab means those working around cranes are being put at greater risk of a crane incident that need not have happened.”

NCCCO released a series of short videos which feature industry leaders who provide compelling reasoning as to why any responsible, safety-minded employer or employee should not wait to achieve their certifications. Among the reason why you’re better of getting your crane operator certification now are:

  1. For those who wait until the last minute to complete their certification, they may run out of time to get certified as there’s an expected increase in demand nearing November 2018.
  2. As employers, you have the obligation to train your employees. Crane operator certification is a simple way to test the effectiveness of that training.
  3. Certified crane operators can help lower insurance premiums
  4. Many businesses require or simply prefer to work with organizations who utilize certified operators.
  5. Proper training and certification are ultimately the right and safe thing to do.

Mobile Crane Operator Certification with Total Equipment Training

At Total Equipment Training, we are proud to be associated with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators as a training company who specializes in test preparation for the certification exam. In addition, we have NCCCO Examiners on staff to administer the test. Total Equipment Training provides NCCCO exam prep and testing at your site, using your equipment, which not only saves you money but also allows your employees to train and test on the equipment they are used to operating. If your organization is in need of Mobile Crane Operator Certification, contact us today to schedule an on-site training program. Do not wait until the November 2018 deadline because “It’s Not Worth the Wait!”

OSHA Extends Crane Operator Certification Deadline to November 2018

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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!