Currently, your state does not mandate a Crane Operator License. Please beware that soon you will need a Crane Operator Certificate to
operate a crane if Maine decides not to commence licensing. A growing number of jobs are now requiring Crane Operator Certification.
Federal court upholds OSHA finding that railroad company retaliated against Maine whistleblower
Pan Am Railways Inc. has been ordered to pay an employee $260,000 in punitive and compensatory damages after a federal appeals court found that the railroad retaliated against the employee for filing a Federal Railroad Safety Act whistleblower complaint. The railroad claimed the employee, who works in a rail yard in Waterville, Maine, was being dishonest when he tried to report an injury. The case was appealed as far as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which denied the railroad’s petition. OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes that protect employees who report violations of various laws.
At least one person is reportedly injured in a crash between a vehicle and construction crane.
CHELSEA — A local woman was hurt Thursday when her car was hit by a construction crane on Route 9.
Sally Gousse, 76, was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta with serious injuries after the 1 p.m. accident, Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said in a news release.
OSHA Approves Maine as Newest State Plan Protecting State and Local Government Workers
Maine has recently been approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as the newest State Plan responsible for protecting the safety and health of state and local government employees. The Maine State and Local Government Only State Plan will cover more than 81,000 employees of the state and its political subdivisions under an OSHA-approved plan. The plan becomes effective Aug. 5, 2015.
US Court of Appeals holds Maine construction company owner in contempt
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston held construction company owner Stephen Lessard in civil contempt after he defied a 2011 order to correct safety violations cited during OSHA inspections of 11 different worksites.
Lessard, owner of Lessard Brothers Construction and Lessard Roofing & Siding Inc. in Greene, Maine, was also ordered to pay $405,000 in fines and interest.
*It is essential that you check with your local government and confirm that the information listed above is still good today. This information should
only be used as a tool to help you figure out what type of license you need to operate certain types of equipment.