Delay of Final Rule for Crane Operator Certification

WASHINGTON, DC –OSHA is delaying its crane operator certification requirements by one year, publishing a final rule in the Nov. 9 Federal Register – just one day before the regulation was set to go into effect.

The regulation also required employers to ensure operators were adequately skilled and properly instructed on how to operate the machines safely.

OSHA issued a final cranes and derricks rule in August 2010. After stakeholders expressed concerns regarding the rule’s certification requirements, OSHA published a separate final rule in September 2014, extending by three years the crane operator certification and competency requirements. This one-year extension provides additional time for OSHA to complete a rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recommended delaying enforcement of the certification requirement and extending the employer assessment responsibilities for the same period.

OSHA has reaffirmed its intention to propose removing the capacity component of certification and said it would be unfair to employers to enforce the certification requirement before completing the separate rulemaking to change that criterion. Additionally, OSHA said it is not prepared to make a determination whether certification alone is insufficient in determining whether an operator is qualified.