Safety Corner

Let’s refresh a little bit.

“The Qualification and Evaluation of Crane Operators.”

Remember about a year or so ago there was a lot of discussion and confusion going on around the country having to do with the crane industry. The primary topic of these discussions was the fact that the “Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualifications Final Rule” became law and was published on November 8, 2018. Osha decided to make the enforcement date effective four months later to February 7, 2019. After publishing that date Osha received enormous feedback from employers saying they needed more time to evaluate their operators. So, Osha then said that until April 15, 2019, they would offer compliance assistance instead of enforcement. I am sure this is all coming back to you now.

It is also important to know that it is your employer’s responsibility to make sure that you have been evaluated. This evaluation process must be performed by the employer to ensure that each operator under their employ, has been evaluated, documented, and that those documents have been made available to the operator.

If the operator leaves an employer and achieves employment with another company the qualification and evaluations are not transferable between employers.

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: Let’s say you are working for an employer and you get reassigned to a different but similar machine for the same employer, then because it is similar to the one that you have been operating, your qualification would still be applicable. However, let’s say you were qualified on a hammerhead tower crane and were then reassigned to a luffing jib tower crane you would need to be evaluated & qualified on the luffing tower crane prior to you taking over operation.

This evaluation document must contain the following documentation if applicable:

  • Type of crane Size and configuration of the crane
  • Counterweight set-up Attachments
  • Boom length Lifting capacities
  • Inspections Operation
  • LMI Shutdown
  • The operator must be evaluated in the following areas, if they are applicable to the assigned work operation.
  • Blind lifts Hoisting personnel
  • Multi-crane lifts Safety requirements

Remember, in the state of Massachusetts you need a valid hoisting license to operate a hoisting machine and you must have the appropriate license designation for that machine.

 

Also, it is very important that you must be CERTIFIED & QUALIFIED for the type of machine you are operating according to OSHA 1926 CC.

To operate a machine in our industry, without having all of the required documents, such as, licenses, certifications, medical certificates, qualifications, etc, has the potential to increase your liability if you are involved in an accident, whether the accident was your fault or not.

 

Be Safe

Bill LaFlamme

Co-Safety Officer