OSHA’s new certification rules for crane operators have been delayed for another year, just one day before they were scheduled to go into effect. This is the second time since 2014 that the certification has been delayed. According to a pretty good background piece from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), OSHA needs to resolve two issues before it is ready to implement the program, “whether operators need to be certified by type and capacity, or just by type; and whether certification is sufficient by itself to deem an operator qualified to operate a crane.”
So OSHA says it will try to address those two issues through a new rulemaking and the new deadline is November 10, 2018, or at least that is the plan. It is worth noting that OSHA’s database shows there were around 20 fatalities related to crane incidents in 2015.