The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to delay the enforcement deadline for crane operator certification by another year. The compliance deadline, set for November 10, 2017 would be extended to November 10, 2018. This delay would also extend the existing employer duty to ensure operators of equipment covered by this rule are trained and competent to operate cranes safely until the new deadline.
The final rule, issued in 2010, mandates the certification of crane operators and defines the options for certification. The rule also states that employers must ensure workers are adequately skilled and properly trained on how to operate the equipment safely. Originally set to go into effect in November of 2014, the rule was delayed by three years for two reasons: the requirement of certification for both the type of cranes and their capacities, and stakeholders expressed concerns about the rule’s language “necessary skills” – arguing that “certification” did not necessarily mean an operator had the necessary skills.
This time around, OSHA stated in a press release that the extra time is needed to address stakeholder concerns. Currently, OSHA is seeking feedback on this proposed rulemaking. Comments may be submitted until September 29, 2017.
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