Total Equipment Training – Digger Derrick

Legal operation of a Digger Derrick does require certification under new ANSI standard regulations!

The Digger Derrick is a multipurpose unit that accommodates components that dig holes, set poles, and position material at the worksite. The Digger Derrick is typically used for such tasks associated with digging a hole and/or installing a pole or device into that hole such as for utility lines or signs. It can also be used to position materials and apparatus. The Digger Derrick is mainly used for such industries as electrical, telecommunications, or cable. The Digger Derrick Truck must contain an auger (to drill the hole), and pole clamps (to grasp the pole as it is being inserted).

A Digger Derrick may be specified for use in one of two ways:

  1. For Derrick Use Only: lifting the winch line, digging with the auger, and setting screw anchors. No personnel platform use.
  2. For Platform/Combined Digger Derrick & Platform Use: for use as a personnel platform or combined personnel platform and material handling device.

The Digger Derrick may be mounted in any one of three locations:

  1. Behind cab mount
  2. Rear mount (over the rear axle)
  3. Corner mount.

Understanding and operating a Digger Derrick correctly is a critical component of job site safety. No matter the industries under which your operators fall, Total Equipment Training’s Digger Derrick training program is designed to exceed the needs of both the employers and the operators in compliance with OSHA’s regulations.

Total Equipment Training can tailor a program to fit the needs of your company and your operators that meets the requirements for OSHA.

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Digger Derrick – OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Regulations and ANSI / SIA Regulations

Although Digger Derrick operators are excluded from OSHA’s operator certification requirements for utility work under 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC (Cranes and Derricks in Construction), Digger Derrick operators are required to be certified for work such as erecting signs, lights, and telecommunication lines, as well as other construction work. The tendency of employers to require the certification of their operators on the Digger Derrick reflects a trend among employers of seeking greater employee safety regulations.

Digger Derrick regulations:

  1. OSHA – 29 CFR 1926.1400
  2. OSHA – 29 CFR 1926.1436
  3. OSHA – 29 CFR 1910.268
  4. OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC – Effective June 28, 2013
  5. ANSI / ASSE A10.31 – Effective September 21, 2014
  6. ANSI / SIA A92.2 – Effective August 28, 2006

A – OSHA – 29 CFR 1926.1400

This standard applies to power-operated equipment, when used in construction that can hoist, lower and horizontally move a suspended load. Such equipment includes, but is not limited to Digger Derricks and variations of such equipment. It also covers all attachments, whether crane-attached or suspended. It does NOT cover Digger Derricks when used for augering holes for poles carrying electric and telecommunication lines, placing and removing the poles, and for handling associated materials to be installed on or removed from the poles.

B – OSHA – 29 CFR 1926.1436 (Derricks)

This section contains supplemental requirements for Derricks, whether temporarily or permanently mounted; all sections of this subpart apply to Derricks unless specified otherwise. Load chart specifications apply to Digger Derricks as they do for other hoisting equipment.

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C – OSHA – 29 CFR 1910.268 (Construction Work for Telecommunication Service)

This section sets forth safety and health standards that apply to the work conditions, practices, means, methods, operations, installations and processes performed at telecommunications centers and at telecommunications field installations, which are located outdoors or in building spaces used for such field installations.

D – OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC – Effective June 28, 2013

OSHA has, in recent years, issued a final rule that broadens the current exemption for Digger Derricks used in the electric-utility industry. The exemption has been expanded to include telecommunications work in addition to electric-utility work. This final rule provides a complete exemption from having to follow the requirements of Subpart CC of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The Digger Derricks exemption is part of the Cranes and Derricks final standard that was issued Aug. 9, 2010.

This means, that Digger Derricks are still covered under 29 CFR 1926.1436 (Mentioned Above – construction) & 29 CFR 1910.268 (Mentioned Above – telecommunication installations).

E – ANSI / ASSE A10.31 – Effective September 21, 2014

This section covers the safety requirements, definitions and specifications for Digger Derricks according to ANSI Standards for Construction and Demolition Operations.

  1. ANSI B30.2 Section 19 covers hoisting equipment, pile drivers, and conveyors safety regulations for Digger Derricks.
  2. The CCO Digger Derrick Operator certification program is now accredited by ANSI to the ISO/IEC 17024 International Standard for organizations that certify personnel.

F – ANSI / SIA A92.2 – Effective August 28, 2006

This section states that an aerial device with an extendable telescopic boom, like a telescopic personnel platform Derrick, will be considered an extensible boom platform when it is used with a personnel platform; and therefore, under the same safety regulations as any other vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating aerial device.

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Total Equipment Training – Digger Derrick Program Outline

Total Equipment Training provides your employees with the training and documentation to comply with OSHA’s General Industry regulations for Digger Derricks. Regulations require that only qualified and authorized operators or operator trainees under the direct supervision of a qualified operator shall be permitted to operate Digger Derricks. To ensure that only qualified personnel operate Digger Derricks, regulations require that operators successfully complete a qualification process.

Our customized Digger Derrick operator training is designed to provide the information and testing to help ensure that your Digger Derrick operators are able to operate your machines safely and effectively. The tailored training consists of classroom training with written testing, and hands on training with practical testing. Training is divided based on the current skill level of the participants. Changes can be made to accommodate your company’s or employee’s needs. Below is a basic, starting point outline that will be adapted for your people and equipment. Topics covered will include, but not be limited to:

Section 1 – Unit Specifications

Section 2 – Safety

Section 3 – Controls

  • Outriggers
  • Two Speed Throttle Switch
  • Foot Throttle
  • Tools
  • Hand Controllers
  • Joystick Controller
  • Gauges

Section 4 – Preoperational

  • Daily Preoperational Checks
  • Daily Preoperational Component Inspection and Diagram
  • Preparing for Operation

Section 5 – Operation

  • Outriggers
  • Interlock System
  • Booms
  • Winch
  • Digger
  • Pole Guide
  • Tools
  • Personnel Platform
  • Jibs

Section 6 – Protection Systems

Section 7 – Emergency Operation

  • Operating Safely
  • Operation From Other Controls
  • Manual Operation of Boom Functions and Digger/Winch Valves

Section 8 – Troubleshooting

Section 9 – Care of the Unit

  • Hydraulic System
  • Fiberglass
  • Structures and Mechanical Systems


Total Equipment Training – Digger Derrick NCCCO Certification / Recertification

To be eligible for certification, candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Meet medical requirements
  • Comply with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • Pass a Written Examination
  • Pass a Practical Examination
  • Comply with the NCCCO Code of Ethics

A candidate must pass BOTH the written exam and the practical exam to be certified for a five-year period.



The written exam tests candidates’ knowledge of applicable standards, safe operating procedures, and load chart usage.
The written exam consists of 5 domains:

  1. Site
  2. Pre-Operation
  3. Operation
  4. Technical Knowledge
  5. Manufacturer’s Load Charts

Outline of Digger Derrick Written Exam:



The practical exam includes tasks to demonstrate operators’ ability to control a load, dig a hole, and place a pole. The Digger Derrick operator practical examination demonstrates Digger Derrick operation proficiency. As with other CCO operator certification programs, practical exam sites must meet specific requirements and be approved in advance by NCCCO.


Candidates have 12 months after they pass their first exam (written or practical) to pass the corresponding exam. Any tests passed within a 12-month period count towards certification.
If a certified operator subsequently becomes certified in additional designations by taking the appropriate written and practical exams, the five-year certification period for the additional designations begins at the same time as he/she was originally certified (i.e. all designations within a category expire on the same date, regardless of when in the five-year certification period the candidate passed them).



NCCCO certification is valid for five years. Recertification candidates must complete all recertification requirements during the 12 months prior to their certification’s expiration date.

Recertification Requirements Include:

  1. Passing the Recertification Written Examination(s)
  2. Continuing to meet medical requirements
  3. Compliance with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
  4. Compliance with the Code of Ethics


  1. Candidates who can attest to at least 500 hours of actual operating experience on Digger Derricks during their period of certification do not need to take the Practical Exam to recertify.
  2. Recertification candidates who need to take the Practical Exam for any reason, however, must do so before their certification expires.
  3. Candidates whose certification has lapsed must take both the regular written and practical examinations again to be certified again. (There is no grace period after their certification expires).

All candidates are allowed two attempts to pass their recertification exams before their certification expires. Candidates who are unsuccessful after two attempts must take and pass the regular exams. Recertification candidates may take their recertification written examinations up to one year prior to their certification’s date of expiration. Regardless of the date of the recertification examination within that one-year period, the new five-year certification period begins from the date of expiration of the candidate’s current certification.

NOTE: Candidates who recertify more than 12 months prior to their expiration date will have their new certification period begin immediately, not from the end of their current certification period.