OSHA Proposes Further Delay of Enforcement Date for Crane Operator Certification

Published September 6, 2017

​OSHA is proposing to extend by another year the enforcement date for certification of crane operators, which is required by the agency’s cranes and derricks final rule. The proposal would extend the compliance deadline from Nov. 10, 2017, to Nov. 10, 2018. Employers would also be required to ensure that crane operators are trained and competent to operate cranes safely until Nov. 10, 2018.

Published in 2010, the final rule defined several options for certification of crane operators. In 2014, OSHA subsequently extended the deadline for compliance until Nov. 10, 2017. To ensure safe operation of cranes, the agency established the requirement for employers to train operators until the compliance deadline.

Electronic comments on OSHA’s new proposal may be submitted until Sept. 29, 2017. Further details, including supplementary information, are available in the Federal Register notice. Related information is also available on OSHA’s webpage on cranes and derricks safety.