The proposal comes on the heels of stakeholder meetings on operator certification/qualification issues held in April. The final standard on requirements for cranes and derricks in construction work, which was issued in August 2010, requires crane operators on construction sites to meet one of four qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2014.
"After OSHA issued the standard, a number of parties raised concerns about the qualification/certification requirements," the agency said. "OSHA is considering addressing these concerns through a later separate rulemaking. The agency will propose to extend the compliance date so that the qualification/certification requirements do not take effect during potential rulemaking or cause disruption to the construction industry."
Detailed notes of the stakeholder meetings are available at www.osha.gov/cranes-derricks/stakeholders.html. A list of frequently asked questions is also available on the website.
By Nancy Grover
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July 15, 2013
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