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Posted by Geoff Weisenberger on October 20, 2008 at 2:12 PM.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) plans to publish proposed rules for Cranes and Derricks in Construction; publication is anticipated this month, and will be followed by a 60-day public comment period.
These first new regulations since 1971 will require crane operators to pass written and practical tests in all 50 states and will also require operators to undergo more training. Several deadly U.S. crane accidents during the past year have underscored the need for changes.
The new standards also seek to toughen requirements on inspecting ground conditions, crane assembly and disassembly, operating cranes near power lines, using safety devices, and crane inspection. Crane operators would have four options for certification under the new requirements: through an accredited third-party testing organization, an audited employer testing program, a state or local licensing authority, or a U.S. military-issued qualification. Currently, just 15 states and six cities require the tests.