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OSHA proposes deadline extension for crane certification

Washington – OSHA is proposing to extend the compliance date for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2017, in response to concerns raised during a series of stakeholder meetings.

OSHA’s final Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard, issued in August 2010, requires crane operator certification by Nov. 10, 2014.

A requirement for employers to ensure crane operators are trained and competent to safely operate the crane would likewise be extended until Nov. 10, 2017. The agency stated in the Feb. 7 Federal Register that it will use the proposed extension to consider potential rulemaking options and focus on a “limited number of discrete issues already debated extensively by stakeholders.”

Comments on the proposed rule are due March 12.