Author: Reviewed by Amerisafe Safety Consultants
OSHA released proposed regulations to update its standard for cranes and derricks in construction, and specifically on Crane Operator Qualifications. The proposed regulation removes the certification by ‘capacity’ requirement, but it adds the following employer responsibilities of evaluation.
PROPOSED LANGUAGE ON EVALUATIONS:
(1) Through an evaluation, the employer must ensure that each operator demonstrates:
(2) The evaluation must be conducted by an individual who has the knowledge, training, and experience necessary to assess equipment operators.(3) Once the evaluation is completed successfully, the employer may allow the operator to operate other equipment that the employer can demonstrate does not require substantially different skills, knowledge, or judgment to operate.(4) The employer must document the completion of the evaluation. This document must provide: the operator's name; the evaluator's name and signature; the date; and the make, model, and configuration of equipment used in the evaluation. The employer must make the document available at the worksite.To read the summary, preamble, and proposed rule (at end of document), visit this link.