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.”
Crane Institute Certification (CIC), recently announced that the mobile crane operator designation, Friction Crane, will be available in 2014. A friction crane is a lattice boom crane that uses clutches and foot brakes for load control instead of a hydraulic system as with modern lattice boom cranes. Friction cranes are no longer manufactured; however, many are still in use on job sites. Since these cranes are still in service and their operation is completely different than their modern counterpart, it is important for accrediting agencies to test operator skills on the crane types they are expected to operate. Read Press Release here.
CIC Currently offers accredited certifications for:
Telescoping Boom Cranes, under 21 tons
Telescoping Boom Cranes, 21-75 tons
Telescoping Boom Cranes, over 75 tons
Lattice Boom Cranes, 1-300 tons
Lattice Boom Cranes, over 300 tons
Articulating Boom Cranes
Qualified Riggers & Signalpersons
For more information about CIC Accredited Certifications, visit: www.CICert.com.
Get prepared with Crane Institute! We offer preparatory classes for taking CIC Written Certification Exams.
Last week Crane Institute of America conducted a 4-day Mobile Crane Operator training program which included hands-on instruction. The class was a full one with 19 students. That is why we encourage students to register as soon as possible to reserve their spot. It is truly a wonderful sight to see so many companies making safety a priority and we are honored to be a part of it.
Our Mobile Crane Operator training programs are an excellent preparation for those planning to take the CIC Nationally Accredited Mobile Crane Operator Written and Practical Certification Exams. We are pleased to say that most of the students in attendance last week made the plan to stay the extra day and take the certification exams. We would like to wish those students good luck on their practical and written exams!
Last week, CIC attended the 2013 Crane & Rigging | Industrial Crane & Hoists Conference (CRC | ICHC). This conference is held by MCM Events in both the US and Canada. This isn’t your typical conference, attendees have the opportunity to network in small groups, visit vendor exhibits, and experience hands-on learning. One of the break-out session speakers was Fraser Cocks, Executive Director of the B.C. Association for Crane Safety. CIC has partnered with BCACS to develop a reciprocal crane operator certification.
Crane Institute of America Founder and Director, James Headley was also in attendance at the CRC | ICHC Conference. He showed his support for CIC.
Article By: James Headley | Director, Crane Institute of America, Inc.
Over the last several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in discussions with OSHA over ongoing questions surrounding the Cranes & Derricks regulation. In March the Steel Erectors Association of America invited Dean McKenzie, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, and Jim Maddux, Director, Office of Construction Services for the Directorate of Construction to answer questions posed by its members during its annual convention, held in New Orleans, La. Then in April, I spoke at one of the crane industry stakeholder meetings hosted by OSHA in Washington, D.C.
Within the industry opinions are strong and quite fractured on two key issues. The first is whether certification is equivalent to qualification. The second stems around the value of testing operators by type and capacity.
Regarding certification being equal to qualification, it’s interesting that OSHA is at this crossroads when it comes to crane operators, when elsewhere in the crane regulation, a strong distinction is made between the two as it applies to riggers.
During the Steel Erectors meeting, OSHA officials Jim Maddux and Dean McKenzie made it clear that employers are responsible for making sure a rigger is qualified for the work assigned, which was characterized this way: “If you hand me the prettiest, gold-plated card that says you are a qualified rigger, I will take that under advisement then continue my interview process to make sure you are indeed qualified for what you are rigging today. There is no known rigging course that guarantees you carte blanche that you are a qualified rigger.”
When it comes to operator certification and qualification, OSHA needs to clarify to the industry if it is taking a different approach than it has with riggers. Is OSHA implying in the regulation that achieving certification...
This week is a perfect example of what Crane Institute can provide for you. Attend our 7-day Mobile Crane Operator Train-the-Trainer program followed by the 3-day CIC Practical Examiner Training program. Students that successfully complete these programs can receive a CIA Trainer Certification, CIC Authorized Practical Examiner Card, and an Accredited Mobile Crane Operator Certification. Since we do all the testing here, both written and practicals, your dollar goes further.
Speaking of testing, meet our CIC Proctor Anne Davison. Prior to being a proctor for CIC, Ann worked for AT&T and AAA. She has a B.S. in Professional Management and a Masters in Human Resource Development. We are pleased to have her as our proctor. However, don’t ask her anything about cranes, because she wont be able to help you, that’s not her area of expertise! This makes her a great candidate for proctoring the written exams.
CIC procedures require that a non-bias 3rd party proctor the nationally accredited written exams. Crane Institute adheres to these strict guidelines, and we do this for the best price around!
Want to learn more about how you can become a CIA Trainer, CIC Authorized Practical Examiner and a Certified Crane Operator? Contact our office at 800-832-2726 or visit: https://craneinstitute.com/the-complete-package/
Crane Institute Certification (CIC) attended and exhibited at the annual SC&RA convention held April 2-6, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Committee meetings and members were abuzz with news from OSHA’s industry stakeholders meeting, held in Washington, D.C., the same week as the SC&RA conference. The two key issues discussed at both meetings were whether certification is equal to qualification and what bearing testing by capacity has on the merits of certification. A wide variety of opinions were expressed as these issues continue to be debated.
During one committee meeting, CIC was asked to state its position. Certification is a baseline qualification for operators who have tested to a specific type and capacity. Employers remain responsible for determining whether an operator is qualified to run a specific make and model, equipped with specific attachments, and in specific work environments. However certification is a valuable credential attesting to the fact that an individual possesses a core understanding of crane operation.
Crane owners continue to face other issues as well. Some jurisdictions are attempting to put restrictions on the use of cranes based on age. Members discussed the need for a study that demonstrates that many factors, including machine design, use, maintenance, and remanufacturing, all impact the useful life of a crane and can extend the crane’s useful life.
Another highlight of the meeting was the annual Rigging Jobs of the Year competition. Barnhart Crane and Rigging, Memphis, Tenn.; Burkhalter, Columbus, Miss.; and Tradelossa, Durango, Mexico were recognized for completing jobs with ingenuity, hard work, and safety.
CIC was pleased to participate with more than 50 other vendors in the Products Fair. Booth traffic was busy and it was evident that CIC is recognized by the industry for its accredited certifications, which meet OSHA requirements. During the Products Fair, CIC announced that it has renewed its...
James Headley, Founder and Director of Crane Institute of America, recently wrote an article focusing on the “hot topic” operator certification. Headley’s article, “What’s All the Fuss About” explains OSHA’s requirement that operator certification be by type and capacity.
Why is this such a “hot topic?” Because there are many current operator certifications that do not have capacity limitations and there is a possibility that these operators have certifications that are invalid and will be required to take additional tests. Headley goes on in the article and provides a solution to the problem of possible operator disenfranchisement. This is an article that you will surely be interested in reading.
The good news for Crane Institute Certification (CIC) is that operator certification for telescoping boom cranes meets OSHA’s type and capacity requirements and therefore these operators will not be required to be retested.
To read Headley’s article, click here.