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COMPANIES NEED TO ENSURE OPERATORS ARE IN COMPLIANCE
EVEN AS THEY WAIT FOR FINAL LANGUAGE

BY SHERYL S. JACKSON
AS THE NOV. 10, 2017, deadline for crane operator train-

COMPANIES ADDRESS TRAINING NEEDS

ing requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration's (OSHA's) crane safety rule approaches, contractors who employ crane operators are filling training classes.
Originally intended to take effect in 2014 when the rule was
first published in 2010, OSHA delayed requirements for crane
operator certification for three more years to allow time to clarify
language in the rule.
Because the rule required certification by type and capacity of crane, OSHA estimated that approximately 80 percent of
crane operators certified at the time would be non-compliant
if the effective date remained November 2014, points out Kevin
Cannon, director of safety and health services at AGC of America.
"To avoid disruption to the industry, the three-year delay for
certification was intended to allow OSHA time to revise the
rule," he says.
In spite of the three-year extension granted by OSHA to
qualify and certify crane operators, many contractors waited
until 2017, says Hank Dutton, senior technical specialist for
construction risk control at Travelers, a member of multiple AGC
chapters. "Our training courses are full for the year," he says.
"There are numerous ways for a crane operator to prepare for
certification exams offered by nationally accredited organizations
such as The National Commission for the Certification of Crane
Operators (NCCCO), including self-study programs and courses
offered by a variety of third parties."
Even though OSHA has not yet finalized the certification
requirements, companies should have their crane operators certified to meet the proposed requirements to ensure no disruption
in their business. "Getting an operator certified and qualified
according to the standards requires written tests as well as
practical exams," says Scott Richert, senior technical specialist
for construction risk control at Travelers.
Companies that have waited to see what the final language
regarding qualification and certification requirements will be
should not continue to wait, suggests Richert. "Classes are full,
but more importantly, the crane operator needs time to take a
class and study the material in order to pass the written exams,"
he explains. "Even if the operator passes the written exams on
the first try, passing the practical exams may take longer to
complete due to limited availability of cranes being used for the
exams." Keep in mind that operators who are certified for multiple
types of cranes will need to take additional exams, he adds.

The crane operators at Cote Crane and Rigging, an AGC of
Maine member, have complied with the training requirements
since 2010, says Daniel Cote, vice president of operations. In
fact, the company's operators have met the NCCO standard for
certification since 1995. "While there have been a few changes
over the years to address electrical hazards and other safety
issues, the challenge we faced was the lack of rigor in training
because no one was coming into our state to train," he says.
Because sending crane operators out of state for training added
costs and disrupted business, Cote became certified to train the
operators. "We handle a lot of federally funded work, so it was
important to be sure our operators were in compliance in 2010," he
explains. "Certification requirements ensure a safer work environment, which reduces employee injuries and insurance premiums."
In addition to making sure their own crane operators are certified
and qualified to operate their equipment, Cote Crane and Rigging
also volunteers their cranes and facility to give AGC Maine a place
to conduct the practical examination associated with certification.
"This is our way to support AGC Maine and others in our industry,"
adds Cote.
Certification and qualification have a difference when it comes
to crane operators, points out Dutton. "Certification is similar to the
written and driving tests you take to get a driver's license. It proves
you have basic knowledge, and it is one step to being qualified to
operate a crane."
To ensure that crane operators can be evaluated by their employers to determine qualifications to work on-site, Dutton recommends
that companies include other personnel in the crane training
courses-such as managers, supervisors and lift directors. "They
have to work in concert together, so it is important that they understand the safety issues the crane operator must evaluate as well
as the capabilities of cranes and how they work," he says. "Also,
if a manager understands the limitations of the equipment and
the operator, work assignments can be made based on experience
and limitations."

@Constr uctor Ma g

At press time, OSHA was considering
extending the enforcement date for crane
operator certification and employer
requirements for operator training and
competency to Nov. 10, 2018.
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Editor’s Note
President’s Message
Ceo’s Letter
Automation on the Jobsite
Simonson Says
Students Pave the Way for a Bright Construction Future
A Diversified Portfolio
Deadline for OSHA Crane Operator Certification and Qualification Approaches
Chapter Connection
Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
Agc in Action
Be Wreck-Less
Raze the Roof
2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
Inside Agc
Legislative and Regulatory News
Senior Counsel
Technology Toolbox
Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
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