OSHA’s proposal to postpone the compliance date for crane operator certification by three years was made official on Feb. 7 when it was published in the Federal Register. The industry has until March 12, 2014, to comment on the rulemaking.
Until a decision is reached, the current compliance date remains in effect for Nov. 10, 2014.
If an extension takes place, OSHA will likely re-open the rule to address putting greater responsibility on employers to verify an operator’s qualifications for specific equipment and job site scenarios.
It may also make changes to the requirement for operators to be tested by type and capacity.