August, 2012

Which Card is in Your Wallet? Does Your Certification Comply?

By Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director, Crane Institute Certification (CIC)

New England Crane School’s fall and early winter class schedule posted!

The following public classes have been scheduled for the upcoming season. (Check back on our website for late winter and spring dates, to be posted by December.)

November 6 – 9, Operator Certification Class, Lebanon, NH

November 5, Qualified Signal Person and Basic Rigging, Lebanon, NH

November 13 – 16, Operator Certification Class, sponsored by Woods CRW Corp., Burlington, VT

November 12, Qualified Signal Person and Basic Rigging, Woods CRW, Burlington, VT

December 3 – 6, Operator Certification Class, Portland, ME

December 7, Qualified Signal Person and Basic Rigging, Portland, ME

January 7 – 10, Operator Certification Class, Portland, ME

January 11, Qualified Signal Person and Basic Rigging, Portland, ME

January 28 – 31, Operator Certification Class, Montpelier, VT, sponsored by Associated General Contractors of Vermont

February 1, Qualified Signal Person and Basic Rigging, Montpelier, VT, sponsored by Associated General Contractors of Vermont

For details and to register, visit our website.

The new OSHA rules created a buzz in the crane and rigging industry and the noise may be just beginning.  Here's why.  In addition to requiring, in 2014, nationally accredited (ANSI or NCCA) certification by written and practical examination, OSHA also requires:

  • Operators to be tested on 2014 OSHA regulations

  • Operators to be tested on type and capacity of equipment being operated

Description: What's in your wallet?Does an operator’s certification mean that the operator is qualified to operate any type of equipment covered by the standard?

No. An operator may operate a particular piece of equipment if the operator is certified for that type and capacity of equipment or for higher-capacity equipment of that type… The operator's certificate must state the type/capacity of equipment for which the operator is certified.

I acquired a certification from a testing organization before November 10. 2014 and the test did not cover the new requirements of the revised crane standard. Do I need to take the test again before November 10, 2014, or will my current certification be grandfathered until my next scheduled recertification test?

Except as required within the jurisdictions of government entities, operator certification is not required until November 10, 2014. After then, the certification test must cover the new requirements. If your test did not cover the new requirements, your certification will not be valid…

If the operator certification that I received from a testing organization does not identify the type and capacity of the equipment that I am certified to operate, will it be a valid certification?

No. After November 10, 2014, the revised rule requires your documentation to include the type and capacity of crane you have been certified to operate.

For more questions and answers, visit New England Crane School’s FAQ page.

Accidents Happen

In March of this year, a tragic accident in Hanover, New Hampshire, resulted in the death of a 53-year-old local construction worker. On a construction project at the Hanover Inn, the worker was knocked off an aerial lift by the headache ball of a crane; he fell about 15 feet and died of head injuries later at the hospital.

In another tragic accident in Newbury, New Hampshire, in June, a tree service worker was electrocuted and died when a nearby crane contacted power lines. Newspapers reported that electricity traveled down the crane, through the ground and into a wood chipper that the worker had his hand on.

The specific causes of both accidents are still pending OSHA investigation, but these accidents are a sobering reminder of the importance of properly training your workers, including operators, signal persons, riggers, and anyone else working in or around cranes.

New England Crane School Announces New Program in Development

In August of this year, NECS began work on developing a new training program for lift directors, and expects to complete the program in time to offer it in the late winter and spring of 2013. This program will be for construction foreman, supervisors, and others who need to satisfy the OSHA and ASME definition of qualified lift directors to plan and direct critical lifts on crane and derrick construction sites. The program will include:

  • Signal person and rigging responsibilities

  • Load chart problems,

  • How to prepare a lift plan

  • Determining requirements for ground surface support

  • How to read a range diagram

  • Determining material weight and center of gravity

  • Planning multi-crane lifts

For details on class availability, visit our website in December of 2012 or email us at to be added to our email notification list.

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