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OSHA proposes rule to ensure crane operators are qualified to safely operate equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a proposed rule that would provide long-term clarity regarding crane operator certification requirements and reinstate the employer duty to ensure a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment, according to www.osha.gov.

Under the proposed rule, a change to the categories of certifications for crane operators would ensure more operators are able to meet the requirement. The proposal discontinues a 2010 requirement, which never took effect, that crane operator certification must include the crane lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. The proposal would expand the type of certification programs for crane operators.

Comments regarding the proposed rule may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail; see the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments must be submitted by June 20.

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


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