Recent OSHA Meeting Could Spell Changes for Crane Operator Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discussed potential revisions to OSHA’s crane operator requirement in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard this March 31-April 1 in Washington, D.C.

During that time, a special Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) evaluated a draft proposal, reviewed public comments to ACCSH and listened to remarks from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.

Background

According to the ACCSH website, the proposal stems from OSHA’s discovery that certification was insufficient to guarantee a crane operators’ safety, but was, according to OSHA “more akin to a learner’s permit.” Other problems involved certification by capacity.

OSHA visited 25 sites with construction employers, crane rental companies, crane manufacturers, crane insurers, testing organizations, accrediting organizations, and trade groups to determine what changes would need to be made to the rules to ensure that employers were training, monitoring and evaluating their crane operators to best safeguard their employees.

Greg Galasso, VP of business development at Galasso, says NYC has the highest standards for operator training and certification in the country.

“NYC incorporates OSHA’s requirements into layers of even more stringent requirements, and Galasso employs the very best trained members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14/15,” says Galasso.

Galasso will monitor the developments of this meeting, and will share updates to the requirements as they are available.

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