OSHA Sets Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

Published November 15, 2017

​OSHA has issued a final rule that extends by another year the date by which construction industry employers must comply with a requirement for crane operator certification, which is required by the agency’s cranes and derricks final rule. The new final rule extends the compliance deadline from Nov. 10, 2017, to Nov. 10, 2018. Employers are also 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.

The full text of the final rule that addresses the operator certification extension is available on OSHA’s website. Related information is also available on OSHA’s webpage on cranes and derricks safety.