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OSHA Extends Public Comments on Proposed Crane Operator Qualification Rule Change Again

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is giving its stakeholders 30 more days to submit comments on the proposed crane operator qualification rules, extending the deadline a second time to August 29.

The Perecman Firm previously wrote about this proposal when it was first announced. This change would remove a provision requiring crane operators to hold different levels of certification in order to operate cranes based on its lifting capacity. The updated rule would remove the need to issue capacity-based certifications, but would allow testing organizations to continue to do so as they saw fit.

“Under the proposed rule, a change to the categories of certifications for crane operators would ensure more operators are able to meet the requirement,” OSHA wrote in a trade release. “The proposal discontinues a 2010 requirement, which never went into effect, that crane operator certification must include the crane lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. The proposal would expand the type of certification programs for crane operators.”

Back before the first extension in June, OSHA stated that it would move the deadline back to July 5 in order to address stakeholder concerns over employers’ duties to ensure crane operators have necessary qualifications to safely operate the machines on site.

“Some have become concerned in particular at the implications of the employer evaluation portion of the proposed rule, a new section developed by OSHA to address industry concerns that certification, though valuable, is insufficient by itself to ensure an operator is qualified,” the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators stated in a June 15 press release.

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