OSHA Proposes New Rule For Crane Operators Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a proposal for a new rule which would increase safety in construction sites. The proposal regards the duty of employers to ensure that crane operators are qualified to operate the machinery. The proposal also provides clarity for certification requirements of crane operators.

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What changes under the proposed rule?


The categories of certification would change to allow more operators to meet requirements. The kinds of certification programs for crane operators would be expanded. In 2010 a requirement was made, but never put into effect, that certification for crane operation include the lifting capacity certification of the operator. This requirement would be removed based upon OSHA’s proposal.


Voice your opinion regarding expectations and requirements for crane operators qualifications.

If you are interested in commenting on the proposed rule, you may submit your comment electronically or by mail. Details for submission can be found here. Submit comments by June 20, 2018.


An extension for compliance with operator certification has been made for November 10, 2018. OSHA hopes that this will provide sufficient time to complete the rulemaking regarding concerns for cranes and derricks use in construction. Worker safety in construction is top priority. The rulemaking process is taken seriously. OSHA seeks to end the risk to injury by outlining clear credentials for equipment operators in the construction industry.


OSHA assumes the role of ensuring that employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for employees. OSHA works to ensure these conditions for American workers by setting and enforcing standards, providing training, and assistance.


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