New Efforts in Ohio to Improve Crane Safety 1


CINCINNATI, OH – With several crane accidents making headlines recently resulting in the death of construction workers, Cincinnati is making efforts to tighten several aspects of the industry in the city and has the support of a construction contractor who heads the largest construction crane business in the country.

Frank Bardonaro of Maxim Crane Works revealed in a statement that in the past, there hasn’t been any minimum requirement. He said that contractors could “actually work in Cincinnati and run a crane without any formal training. That’s being eliminated now and they’re putting together some standards that require union or non-union operators to have to have certain qualifications and training in order to work in the city of Cincinnati and operate this machinery.”

According to Bardonaro, “only a few cities require certification to run a crane. Most crane operators around Cincinnati are starting to get formalized training. The effort is groundbreaking in a sense because it would not favor any company regardless of size. The benefit would be to the workers, the industry itself and the public.”

On a daily basis, there are about 200 cranes of varying sizes operating in Greater Cincinnati.

However, according to Hank Tribolet, OSHA outreach trainer for Safety Unlimited, Inc.,  OSHA Standard CFR1926.1427 states that: “The employer must ensure that, prior to operating any equipment covered under subpart CC, the person is operating the equipment during a training period in accordance with paragraph (f) of this section, or the operator is qualified or certified to operate the equipment.” Similarly, for operators in California, refer Cal/OSHA Section 1618.1 Operator Qualification and Certification.

Furthermore, Tribolet has pointed to the following: Cal/OSHA §5021 – Equipment over Three Tons Rated Capacity:

(a) All cranes and derricks used in lifting service, exceeding three tons rated capacity, and their accessory gear shall not be used until the employer has ascertained that such equipment has been certificated as evidenced by current and valid documents attesting to compliance with the following:

(1) Tests and examinations shall be conducted annually by a currently licensed certificating agency or designee listed in the certificating agency license, and a certificate shall be issued by the certificating agency;

(2) Certificates (annual and quadrennial) attesting to current compliance with testing and examination standards of requirements shall be maintained for each crane or derrick and shall be in a form acceptable to the Division. (See Section 4885, Plate V.)

The Cincinnati City Council is expected to approve the tighter reforms, which would include certification of operators, registration of equipment, a phasing out of cranes that are more than 20 years old and a requirement for higher minimum insurance levels.

If adopted, the measures would go into effect July 1st, 2016.


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