OSHA is granting a three year extension for crane operators to become certified. The new deadline is November 10, 2017. The same three year extension was given for the employer’s duty. This means for the next three years, employers have the responsibility to make sure their crane operators are competent to safely operate cranes. The rule will be effective November 9, 2014.
Although OSHA has extended the deadline for operator certification and employer duty; some states, cities or employers may still require certification.
April 15, 2014 – OSHA announced that an informal public hearing will be conducted May 19, 2014 at 9:30 am in Washington, D.C.
Back in February, OSHA proposed to extend the crane operator certification deadline for 3 years to November 10, 2017. The public was given 30 days to submit their comments regarding the extension. A total of 60 comments were received, one of which requested a hearing.
If you wish to testify at the hearing, a notice of intention to appear must be submitted by April 25.
OSHA is also expected to have a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health scheduled for May 7-8, 2014 in Washington, D.C. One of the topics of discussion at the meeting will be the “proposed amendments and corrections to OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks standards.”
OSHA is proposing to extend the deadline for operator certification and employer duties by three years to November 10, 2017. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is set to be published Monday, February 10, 2014. The three year extension is to allow OSHA time to address the issue raised that crane operator certification is insufficient for determining whether operators can operate safely on construction sites.