The number one question that frequently gets asked revolves around licensing. The OSHA 1926.1400 standards have, for the first time, spelled out specifics about crane licensing. Here is our shared opinion in bullet points in the hopes that we can keep it easiest to understand:
- OSHA now has the responsibility to ensure that crane operators are licensed.
- OSHA will cite the employer for employing an unlicensed operator.
- The 1926.1400 standards identify which license is applicable.
- OSHA will only recognize the applicable license
- If you are working in an American State and that state issues licenses, you must possess that states license. If you possess any other license, it will not suffice if the state you're working in doesn't recognize it. I.e.: I'm in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts issues licenses. No other license (Federal, DoD, CCO, CIC etc.) is recognized in Massachusetts today.
- If you are working in another licensing state, you must possess their license. I.e. You're licensed in Massachusetts and need to work in Connecticut. You need to get a Connecticut license. If you are working in Connecticut with a Massachusetts license and get caught by OSHA, you can be cited.
- If you are working in a state that recognizes an accredited license (CCO, CIC), only that license will be applicable in that state
- In the northeast Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island are states that issue licenses.
- New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine don't issue licenses yet.
- States that don't issue licenses have until November 2014 to put together an OSHA compliant license program or adopt an accredited license program.
- New York City issues their own license and is accepting some accredited licenses as well. Call ahead before you take a job there.
- States, like Massachusetts, require licenses regardless of the cranes location. I.e.: private property does not exempt the operator from licensing.
We are trying to keep on top of the decision makers to maintain which states are doing which programs. All info can change, as the 2014 deadline gets closer.
I hope this help make sense of licensing. If you have any questions, call our office at 508.966.4100. We will share any info we have.
Below is an explanation of what New England States mandate licensing as well as NY, NY City, PA and NJ. I also tried to give you information pertaining to excavation equipment.