OSHA Rule Revisions on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

OSHA Rule Change on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

In early November 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the final rule on crane operator certification requirements, which will help maintain safety and health protection for workers nationwide.

OSHA revised the crane operator certification requirements from Subpart CC, Cranes and Derricks. The final rule requires employers to train each crane operator as needed in order to perform crane activities. The final rule affects equipment operators and employers.

When it comes to safety, whether your company is in a manufacturing safety, or construction safety setting -- below are the final rule changes to stay current with workplace and jobsite safety.

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What are the Final OSHA Rule Changes?

Crane operators can be certified based on either the crane’s type and lifting capacity together or type alone. The two key factors of the updated rule include:

  1. Training
  2. Operator Evaluation


According to the rule, in addition to completing proper training prior to operation, crane operators must be certified and licensed as well as continue with any additional trainings required to operate new equipment. Removed from the rule was the requirement that certifications include the crane’s rated lifting capacity.

While lifting capacity was a requirement in the previous version of the standard, OSHA was concerned there would be a shortage of certified operators while including this in the requirements, which would disrupt the construction industry productivity.

Operator Evaluation

A second change is evaluation. Though certification signifies a general knowledge of crane operation competence, it does not ensure that operators know how to operate a specific crane.

OSHA adjusted the crane standard to ensure employers evaluate the ability of their operators to run the cranes they will be working with, firsthand. It is under the responsibility of the employer to evaluate the operator. The evaluation must be completed by a person who has the expertise necessary to assess operators. For operators employed prior to the effective date of the new rule, the employer may rely on previous evaluations of the operator rather than a reevaluation.

When does the OSHA Final Rule become effective?

With the exception of the evaluation and documentation requirements, the final rule will become effective on December 9, 2018. Documentation and evaluation requirements will become effective on February 7, 2019.

OSHA has published a preview of the final rule on the osha.gov website for public view prior to publication in the Federal Register. The rule, however, will be enforced on the effective dates listed above.

Should you need assistance with understanding and ensuring your company is up to date with OSHA compliance training, please contact or call one of our safety consultants today. Our safety training consultants work nationwide while keeping your company compliant with Occupational Safety and Health regulations. Amerisafe Group’s OSHA safety management approach and professionalism give us a national reputation which separates us from other safety consulting companies.

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