Safety Services Company
October 9th 2014
OSHA recently announced that it would extend deadline for implementing its crane operator certification rule requiring employers to ensure that crane operators are certified until November 10, 2017. OSHA is also extending the employers’ duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same period.
Currently OSHA requires employers to ensure that their crane operators are certified by one of four means:
OSHA’s extension decision was based on the following factors.
During the three-year extension period, OSHA will address operator qualification including the standards for crane operator certification. OSHA has already begun the process of developing a standard to ensure crane operator qualifications.