Crane Operators Need to be Certified by November to be in Compliance with OSHA Rules

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Although OSHA Stakeholders have voted to extend the final deadline in four different meetings, the deadline has not been officially extended by OSHA as of yet, say the experts at Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau. As specified in the ruling (OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1427) non-governmental and non-military employers must ensure that equipment covered by 29CFR Subpart CC (machinery with load limits of 2,000 pounds or more) is only operated by an individual who is qualified or certified to operator the equipment in accordance with the final rule before November 10, 2014.

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Along with the requirements that went into effect in 2010, Crane Operators also need to be certified by a nationally accredited certifying agency by November 10, 2014

OSHA issued a final standard on requirements for cranes and derricks in construction work on August 9, 2010, requiring crane operators in construction to meet one of four qualification/certification options by November 10, 2014. After OSHA issued the standard, a number of parties raised concerns about the requirements, and OSHA held several stakeholder meetings. Although OSHA has proposed to extend the deadline for three more years, it has not affirmed that the date will definitely be extended, said Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB). Read more about the crane operator certification deadline on OSHA's website

Effective November 2010, OSHA required that (1) the employer must ensure that operators of cranes covered by the standard are competent to safely operate the equipment; and (2) when an employee assigned to operate machinery does not have the required knowledge or ability to operate the equipment safety, the employer must train that employee prior to operating the equipment and ensure that each operator is evaluated to confirm that he/she understands the information provided in the training. “Along with the requirements that went into effect in 2010, Crane Operators also need to be certified by a nationally accredited certifying agency by November 10, 2014” said Billy Cook, Sales and Marketing Manager for CICB. “The NCCCO Crane Operator Certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators is recognized as the best in the industry, which is proven to be the gold standard for its criteria for written and practical examinations.”

Given that there are hundreds of unique construction applications, OSHA has been swamped with requests for clarification of the rules and the answers are leaving people asking more questions. “Don’t let the politics get in the way of safety”, said Camille Singletary of CICB. “Crane Operator Certification gives operators a credential and offers employers important information about a crane operator’s knowledge, skill and ability.” Since 1969, years before the publishing of the current OSHA regulation, CICB has been a leader in providing a valuable service to the industry - training and testing the knowledge, skill and ability of crane operators. Since the inception of the NCCCO in 1996, CICB has been providing NCCCO Crane Operator preparatory training along with the NCCCO exams to operators from all 50 States, ensuring that employees working with cranes are skilled and knowledgeable.

With the demand for quality Crane Operator Certification, CICB has expanded its programs to include monthly preparatory training programs for crane operators along with NCCCO Crane Operator testing. Rigger, Signal Person, and Crane Inspector programs also available.

CICB, headquartered in Orlando FL since 1969 with a second training facility in Houston TX, offers scheduled training programs at our facilities and at various locations across the U.S. or customized on-site training at your facility. CICB instructors have been awarded the prestigious Top Trainer Award in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009.

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