Effective February 7, 2019, employers must evaluate crane operators to ensure they are fully qualified to operate the crane, taking into account the size, configuration, environment, and hoisting activities. Operators must demonstrate ability to recognized and avert risk. Employers must document these evaluations, and documentation must be available at the work site.
Certification alone does not qualify an operator to operate cranes. Employers have a responsibility to make sure operators are fully qualified by demonstration of skills and knowledge necessary to operate equipment safely, and be able to recognize and avert risks.
Employers must conduct evaluations of operator qualification, as stated above.
Operators who have been evaluated and found qualified in the past need not be re-evaluated until their performance indicates they need it, or they reach their mandatory five-year re-evaluation deadline.
Evaluations must be documented. Documentation must include the names of the operator and evaluator; the date of evaluation; the make, model and configuration of the crane used in the evaluation; and the signature of the evaluator.
As of December 10, 2018, OSHA’s requirement for construction crane operators to be certified is in effect. Operators must be certified for cranes with lifting capacities over 2,000 pounds.
Certification must be obtained from an accredited, third-party crane certification organization, an employer-audited program, or state or local issued license that meets OSHA’s requirements.
To verify if a third-party organization is accredited, visit American National Standards Institute or the Institute for Credentialing Excellence which provides NCCA accreditations. Both offer directories for confirming which crane operator certifications are accredited.
Employers are responsible for the cost of certifying, training, and evaluating operators.