OSHA Gives “Good Faith” Crane Operators a Break in New Documentation Requirements

Source: Wang Tom - 123RF

OSHA has issued enforcement guidance on the requirements for evaluating crane operators that became effective February 7, 2019.

The agency is enforcing the requirement that employers must evaluate their operators before allowing them to operate cranes independently.

However, until April 15, 2019, OSHA intends to offer compliance assistance, in lieu of enforcement, for those employers who have evaluated operators in accordance with the final rule, and are making “good faith efforts” to comply with the new documentation requirement.

In the memo sent to regional administrators and State Plan designees, Scott C. Ketcham, acting director of OSHA’s Directorate of Construction, said OSHA “has received feedback from the construction industry indicating some employers may need more time to document evaluations of crane operators prior to the effective date.”

The agency is offering compliance assistance, instead of enforcement, for those employers acting in good faith. Citations will be issued to employers who are deemed not to be operating in good faith.

The memo also states that OSHA is enforcing its employer evaluation requirements of crane operators, which must be completed before employees are allowed to work on their own.

Ketcham instructs regional administrators and State Plan designees to consult with his office before issuing any proposed citations.