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OSHA gives stakeholders more time to comment on crane operator proposal

New deadline is July 5

Posted June 19, 2018

On June 15, OSHA announced it would extend the comment period for the proposed rule on crane operator certification from June 20 to July 5, 2018. OSHA argues stakeholders need more time to review the proposed rule.

OSHA’s proposed rule, published May 21, 2018, is intended to provide long-term clarity regarding crane operator certification requirements. According to OSHA, the proposed rule would expand the certification categories for crane operators to ensure more operators are able to meet the requirements. It discontinues a 2010 requirement for crane operator certification to include the crane lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. This requirement never went into effect.

A related final rule extended the operator certification compliance date until November 10, 2018, to give OSHA more time with the proposed rule and to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

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