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Accredited Crane Operator Certification

 

Accredited Crane Operator Certification

Accredited Crane Operator Certification National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the American National Standards Institute."[2] This is the first time certification by an accredited certification provider has been required on a national level, although individual states (e.g., West Virginia, Hawaii, California) and cities (New York, Philadelphia) have required crane operator certification as far back as 2000. The new OSHA standards make the completion of this requirement an important topic of knowledge for the crane and lifting industry.

Contents

  • History 1
  • OSHA Regulation 1926.1427: Operator Qualification and Certification 2
  • 1926.1427(b): Certification by an accredited crane operator testing organization 3
  • Certification Organizations 4
  • Certification Process 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

  • 1971- OSHA passes 29 CFR 1926.550 which is the standard for cranes and derricks used in construction for the next 41 years.[3]
  • 1995 - The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) established by the crane and lifting industry as a non-profit organization to develop a certification program for crane operators.
  • 1998 - NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator certification program nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
  • 1999 - The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recommended OSHA propose a new rule for cranes and derricks.[2]
  • 1999 - 110 crane related accidents with 51 deaths.[4]
  • 2003 - The Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (C-DAC) began writing the new OSHA rule.[2]
  • 2003 - 269 crane related accidents with 138 deaths.[3]
  • 2004 - The Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (C-DAC) finished the first proposed draft of the new rule.[2]
  • 2004 - 287 crane related accidents with 142 deaths.[3]
  • 2007 Crane Institute of America founded Crane Institute Certification (CIC), a completely independent organization that provides objective and impartial assessments of the knowledge, skills and abilities of crane operators, riggers, signalpersons and inspectors.
  • 2008 - OSHA's proposed new rule was published and open for public debate.[2]
  • 2008 - 401 crane related accidents with 217 deaths.[3]
  • 2010 - Final rule is published as OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, Cranes and Derricks in Construction.[5]
  • 2014 - November 10 deadline for crane operators involved in construction to be certified.[6]

OSHA Regulation 1926.1427: Operator Qualification and Certification

According to the new OSHA regulation, employers are now responsible for ensuring the qualification and certification of any operators on their job site. It states, "The employer must ensure that... the operator is qualified or certified to operate the equipment." Employers are also responsible to provide the certification at no cost to the operators. This new emphasis on qualification and certification has created a large need in the industry to be filled by various certifying companies.

1926.1427(b): Certification by an accredited crane operator testing organization

Organizations that offer certification must meet a number of guidelines established by OSHA. One of the main requirements for certifying organizations is that they be accredited by a "nationally recognized accrediting agency." The two main accrediting agencies used in this process are the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), and the Operating Engineers Certification Program (OECP).

Certification Process

Operators attempting to gain certification must pass both a written and practical examination. These tests must also be routinely audited for the certifying agencies to maintain their accreditation. OSHA regulation 1926.1427(j) describes the standards both the written and practical tests must meet. However, these tests will greatly vary depending on which organization administers them.

References

  1. ^ OSHA regulation 1926.1427,[1], "OSHA" August 9, 2010, accessed February 1, 2010.
  2. ^ OSHA definitions 1926,[2], "OSHA" August 9, 2010, accessed February 7, 2010.
  3. ^ OSHA, Cranes and Derrick in Construction: Final Rule, [3], "OSHA" July 28, 2010, accessed February 7, 2010.
  4. ^ Crane Accidents, Statistics, [4], "Crane Accidents" July 27, 2010, accessed February 7, 2010.
  5. ^ OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC, Cranes and Derricks in Construction [5], OSHA Regulations 1926 Subpart CC.
  6. ^ OSHA 1926.1427 [6], Operator qualification and certification.

External links

  1. http://www.osha.gov
  2. http://www.craneinstitutecertification.com/
  3. http://www.nccer.org/
  4. http://www.nccco.org/
  5. http://www.iuoe.org/Training/nbsp/tabid/215/Default.aspx
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