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As of November 10, 2018, ALL Crane Operators MUST be certified. This certification is usually done through the following organizations:
Additionally, per the final rule of the regulation, the Crane Operators must also be “evaluated by their employer” to ensure they are qualified to operate the crane to which they have been assigned. The original deadline for this evaluation process was February 7, 2019. However, according to the temporary enforcement policy for evaluation and documentation of crane operators this deadline has been extended to April 15, 2019 AS LONG AS the employer has made a good faith effort to comply.
This new deadline is for the EVALUATION process ONLY. It is not for the Required Certification.
Read here for more information regarding the Crane Operator Certification.
One additional point that needs to be clarified is for the knuckle-boom cranes that are typically used for delivery of materials (such as drywall). There are times that these fall under the crane standard… specifically, when they are holding materials in the air while the material is either being installed, unloaded, unbundled, or un-palletized. If it is simply placing the full pallet or bundle of material on a balcony or upper floor or roof, etc. then it is not covered by the crane standards. For the Letter of Interpretation regarding this specific type of equipment see here.