CIC drafted updates to certifications in July 2010 and by November 2010 we were ready! A revised outline was sent to OSHA to verify that our test was updated. OSHA requires that CIC operators who certified before November 2010 to recertify (prior to) their expiration date to be compliant with the new OSHA regulation. Operators certified by CIC after November 2010 meet the OSHA regulations until their certification expires. CIC encourages certification or re-certification prior to the 2014 deadline and will re-certify operators with valid, accredited certification. Operators whose certifications do not meet the new OSHA requirements will receive special assistance to help them affordably comply.
OSHA requires all crane operators to be certified by 2014, but already many states and cities require certification
This fall, CIC has been busy educating employers at several shows and meetings around the country about state, federal and corporate requirements for certifying and/or qualifying crane and rigging personnel.
During the ICUEE show in Louisville, Ky., CIC received nearly 1,000 visitors to its booth, and three lucky winners were selected to win prizes. Darryl Driver with Duke Energy received a complimentary CIC General Knowledge exam plus up to five written exams for crane operator certification; Joseph Thibodeau with Maine Public Service Company won the set of Safety Handbooks on Mobile Cranes, Rigging, and Forklifts; and Susan Poe of Arkansas Rural Water Association was selected to get the Kindle Fire HD and $50 Amazon gift card.
Companies working in utility and power generation markets were particularly interested in CIC’s new trio of Multi-Purpose Equipment programs for operators of Digger Derricks, Articulating Boom Cranes, and Service/Mechanics Trucks.
Likewise, public utilities at EEI’s Fall Occupational Safety and Health Committee Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., were seeking a greater understanding of when digger derrick operators must be certified. CIC visited with nearly 100 principal health and safety specialists regarding OSHA’s requirements. For more information, see the OSHA final rule issued in May 2013.
Next month, CIC is one of the sponsors at the Power Generation Lifting Workshop in East Elmhurst, N.Y.
CIC also participated in the SC&RA Crane & Rigging Workshop in Buena Vista, Fla., where OSHA’s proposed delay of crane operator certification remained the key topic of discussion, and at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Chicago, Ill. According to Jim Maddux, Director of the OSHA Directorate of Construction, a proposed three-year extension of the rule remains under review while OSHA conducts site visits and interviews before determining its next step. At this time, the November 2014 deadline for operators to be certified remains in effect.
Looking ahead to 2014, CIC welcomes its CIC Authorized Examiners to participate in the trade shows where CIC exhibits. CIC is already ramping up for ConExpo-Con/Agg in March 2014 in Las Vegas and several other shows. In addition, CIC supports examiners exhibiting at shows or customer events in their regional markets. For more information, on co-op promotions, contact Alex Farmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Mike Larson, Crane & Rigging Hot Line
The two crane operators who placed first and second at last Friday’s Regional Qualifying Rodeo in Bridgeview, Ill., have earned berths in the Crane & Rigging Hot Line & CIC Crane Operator Skills Championship that will be held in the spotlight of ConExpo in Las Vegas, Nev., next March. The top two finishers also reportedly posted the best scores seen in any regional competition to date. Read about the August 2013 regional qualifying event hosted by Imperial Crane Services in Bridgeview, Ill.
By Debbie Dickinson
Just because OSHA has proposed a delay to operator certification, doesn’t mean it’s sure to happen. Employers and operators should take notice of recent activity in Washington, D.C.
We learned this week about a different regulation that was in a similar situation to 1926.1400 Cranes and Derricks in Construction; on Aug. 7, OSHA withdrew a proposed rule to amend the On-Site Consultation Program.
Although this has nothing to do with cranes and derricks, the parallels between the two rules and the actions taken by the Federal Agency are worth noting. OSHA cited stakeholder concerns that a delay to the rule would discourage employers from participating in the program as the key reason to move forward with the regulation. Many in the crane industry fear the same would happen if crane operator certification is delayed.
The two rules also share similar timing. OSHA first issued an intent to delay and outlined plans for changing the Consultation Program regulation at the end of July, just a few months after its proposal about crane operator certification. Yet, no such plan has been forthcoming from OSHA as it relates to cranes and derricks. The timing of the final rule for the Consultation Program regulation preceded the crane operator regulation by just 8 days.
While we remain unsure of what OSHA will do regarding the crane operator certification regulation and its proposed delay, we do know that:
1. A delay is unnecessary; CIC has offered specific solutions to OSHA that fully solve the concerns raised.
2. According to OSHA research and Province of Ontario studies conducted over a period of years, 80% fewer crane-related deaths and 50% fewer accidents occur with certified crane operators.
In addition, Peg Seminario, Director of Safety and Health for the AFL-CIO testified on Aug. 1, 2013 before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights, and Agency Action Senate Judiciary Committee on “The Human Cost of Regulatory Paralysis.”
According to Seminario: “It is inexcusable and shameful that even where there was broad agreement that the cranes and derricks standard was needed and about what the rule should require, that the regulatory system failed to protect workers. In this case, according to OSHA, during the eight year rulemaking, 176 workers died in crane accidents that would have been prevented if the crane and derricks standard had been in place.” The article makes the point clear, OSHA knows that certification saves lives and that delays will mean more people will die, unnecessarily.
Please contact OSHA and clearly express your expectation that OSHA remember its mission “to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for every working man and woman in the Nation.” This mission does not align with OSHA’s recent attitude that the purpose of regulations is to provide the agency with greater authority for imposing citations and fines on employers. No one should get hurt in their effort to earn a pay check. The purpose of regulations is not to create a revenue stream for the government. Tell OSHA to not delay the regulation that requires accredited certification of crane operators, which will save lives and jobs.
Crane operators, riggers, people that work near cranes and their families trust us to help make job sites as safe as possible. These facts are what drives Crane Institute Certification (CIC) daily to persevere. CIC is compliant with the 2014 regulation as it stands and we will make sure CIC stays compliant with changes, if made. I personally hope that out of respect for the lives at stake, the negotiated rule making process that was fully supported by industry experts and the millions of dollars invested by the industry to date, that OSHA does not delay. Regardless, we will continue to drive our business based on the safety and needs of the industry. Employers can rely on CIC to:
1. Conduct meaningful certifications; CIC certified by type and capacity years before the OSHA regulation because knowing what type and capacity equipment an operator can operate helps employers make sound decisions and gives operators credentials with merit.
2. Assess the knowledge, skill and abilities of operators for the purpose of reducing accidents that are outrageously expensive in terms of lives and jobs.
3. Provide affordable, accessible and nationally accredited certifications for crane operators and riggers.