OSHAFull enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirement for construction industry employers to evaluate their crane operators has been delayed. 

OSHA Acting Director of the Directorate of Construction Scott Ketcham announced in a memorandum last week that good faith efforts made by employers in order to meet the new documentation requirements for operators of cranes used in construction will be evaluated during the initial 60 days of enforcement – until April 15, 2019.

According to the memorandum, OSHA has received feedback from the construction industry indicating some employers may need more time to document evaluations of crane operators prior to the effective date.

The memo also states that OSHA will enforce its employer evaluation requirements of crane operators, which must be completed before employees are allowed to work on their own.

OSHA has requested Regional Administrators and State Plan Designees to consult the Directorate of Construction in Washington D.C. before issuing any proposed citations involving documentation of crane operator evaluations during the time period.

It should also be noted that OSHA’s temporary policy only applies to the documentation requirement, and the organization is fully enforcing the requirement that employers evaluate operators before affording them opportunities to operate cranes independently.

Access SC&RA operator evaluation forms below:

For more information on OSHA’s enforcement of OSHA’s crane operator documentation requirements, contact AEM’s William “Bernie” Bernhard (wbernhard@aem.org, tel: 414-298-4106).

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