Mobile Crane CFR 1926.1427
Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification and Certification
OSHA Facts for Mobile Crane Operators:
Who needs to be certified or qualified?
Any person engaged in a construction activity who is operating a crane covered by the new cranes and derricks rule, except:
- sideboom cranes*
- equipment with a rated hoisting/lifting capacity of 2,000 pounds or less*
*Operators of the listed equipment must meet the criteria for minimum expertise described in the applicable section in subpart CC.
Are operators of digger derricks required to be qualified or certified?
Yes, unless the digger derrick is being used to auger holes for poles carrying electric or telecommunication lines, place or remove the poles, or handle associated materials to be installed on or removed from the poles.
Does an operator need more than one certification?
With respect to certification from an accredited testing organization, an operator must be certified for the type and capacity of crane he or she is going to operate. Each accredited testing organization develops its own categories for crane type and capacity.
Can I get certification for my employees from anyone?
No! The issuing entity (e.g. NCCCO) must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency (such as ANSI or NCCA) to be sure that industry-recognized criteria for written testing materials, practical examinations, test administration, grading, facilities/equipment, and personnel have been met.
Is certification a one-time event?
No. OSHA requires that operators recertify every five (5) years.
What am I (Employer) required to do under OSHA’s new Evaluation requirement?
One of the key differences between the first Final Rule issued in 2010 and the Final Rule just published that modifies it, is the addition of a process OSHA calls Evaluation. In this Employer’s Guide we drill down into the main elements as prescribed by OSHA.
Download the Crane Operator Evaluation Form here.
What specific training does OSHA require me to provide my Crane Operators?
OSHA lists the knowledge and skills it has identified as critical to safe crane operation in 1926.1427 (j)(1) and (2). Get more info here.
OSHA’s Final Rule
An Employer’s guide to the OSHA final rule: Crane Operator Certification
An Employer’s Guide to the OSHA final rule: Crane Operator Training
Employer’s Crane Operator Evaluation Form
OSHA Mobile Crane Operator fact sheet