Federal OSHA updated the agency's standard for cranes and derricks in construction by clarifying each employer's duty to ensure the competency of crane operators through training, certification or licensing, and evaluation. This final rule is effective on December 10, which means that right now, tree care companies that operate cranes may be wondering if they have to comply with this standard and have their operator(s) certified.
The rule for cranes and derricks in construction, 1926 subpart CC, specifically exempts tree trimming and removal operations. Simply put, if all you do with your crane is remove trees, you do not need a certified operator. However, the instant you hire your crane out to set trusses, lift air conditioners or anything else that could remotely be considered to be construction, you fall under the rule.
There are various crane operator certifications out there such as NCCCO and NCCER, and numerous places one can get it. Cranes101, a TCIA Associate Member, offers this certification. TCIA strongly recommends operator certification to all our members regardless of how you use your crane.
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