Crane operator final rule sent to OMB
Posted October 24, 2018
OSHA recently sent its crane operator qualification in construction rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. According to the Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda, the Agency expects to publish the final rule in the Federal Register in November.
OSHA says the rulemaking identifies criteria for employers to follow to ensure their crane operators are completely qualified to operate cranes safely on construction work sites. The rule also clarifies issues surrounding operator certification, including the "type and capacity" requirement from the 2010 final construction cranes standard.
In the 2010 standard, OSHA established crane operator certifications as the sole criterion for operator safety. Following its publication, stakeholders informed OSHA that certification did not by itself establish a safe enough level of experience and competence—employers must be responsible to ensure that crane operators are qualified.
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