Comments Due Soon on OSHA Crane Operators Rule

The rule will provide long-term clarity on crane operator certification requirements, and it would change the categories of certifications for crane operators to ensure more operators are able to meet the requirement.

Comments are due by June 20 on OSHA's proposed rule that would reinstate the employer duty to ensure that a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment. OSHA published it May 21.

The rule will provide long-term clarity on crane operator certification requirements, and it would change the categories of certifications for crane operators to ensure more operators are able to meet the requirement. The proposal discontinues a 2010 requirement, which never went into effect, that crane operator certification must include the crane lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. OSHA said its proposal would expand the type of certification programs for crane operators.

Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov -- search Docket ID-OSHA-2007-0066 in order to post a comment.

OSHA had also published a final rule extending the operator certification compliance date until Nov. 10, 2018, in order to provide the agency additional time to complete this rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

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