By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory & legal issues, ARTBA 

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Nov. 9 released comprehensive regulations governing training for crane and derrick operators in the construction sector.  ARTBA has been working with OSHA since 2002 on the proposal, and most recently submitted comments supporting the agency’s efforts earlier this year.

Under the final rule, employers are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities, evaluate them, and document successful completion of the evaluations. Employers who have evaluated operators prior to Dec. 9 will not have to conduct evaluations again, but will have to document when those evaluations were completed.

The rule also requires crane operators to be certified or licensed, and receive ongoing training as necessary to operate new equipment. Operators can be certified based on the crane’s type and capacity, or type only, which ensures that more accredited testing organizations are eligible to meet OSHA’s certification program requirements. The final rule revises a 2010 requirement, specifically singled out by ARTBA in multiple sets of regulatory comments, that crane operator certification must specify the rated lifting capacity of cranes for which the operator is certified. Compliant certifications that were already issued by type and capacity are still acceptable under this final rule.

The final rule, with the exception of the evaluation and documentation requirements, is effective Dec. 9. The evaluation and documentation requirements are effective Feb. 7, 2019.  ARTBA is reviewing the rule and will provide more detailed information to members in the near future.