You do need a license MA to operate cranes and heavy equipment.
In the state of MA if it lifts over 500lb, 10 feet high or a 1/4 yard of material you need a license.
In the state of MA if you hold a 1A license you are also covered to run any thing under that license ie: 1B and 1C. The same goes with the 2A license.
The license preparation classes allow your employee to be prepared to take the state test they are applying for. These classes not only prepare them to take the state test, they also award the employee with a certificate stating they have had training for that type of equipment.
MA Hydraulic License Preparation Classes
Judge rules that Massachusetts companies operated as single employer at worksite where three workers fell
An administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission upheld OSHA's contention that A.C. Castle Construction Co. Inc. and Daryl Provencher, were operating as a single employer at a Wenham, Mass., worksite when three employees were injured in a 20-foot fall from a scaffold.
The employees were working on a residential roof when the wooden plank on the scaffold snapped. Both companies contested the citations and penalties, with A.C. Castle claiming it was employed by Provencher and, therefore, not responsible for the safety of the workers. The judge upheld most of the citations and ordered A.C. Castle to pay penalties totaling $173,500.
Grant funds $$$
Grant funds are limited to $3,000 per employee per course and $30,000 per company per calendar year. A company whose request has been approved will be reimbursed for up to 50% of the actual cost of training. Courses (such as OSHA) that a company is legally mandated to provide to its employees are not eligible for reimbursement under this grant program. You may only request reimbursement for training individuals who are on your company’s payroll and work in Massachusetts.
OSHA cites Massachusetts roofing contractor after workers hospitalized in preventable break of overloaded scaffold
TThree employees of Beverly-based Daryl J. Provencher, doing business as Provencher Home Improvement, fell 19 feet to the ground and were hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained when the scaffold platform on which they were standing broke. The incident occurred while the employees performed roofing work on a ladder-jack scaffold at an A.C. Castle Co., Inc. job site.
An inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that spruce plank used as the platform could not support the weight load imposed on it by the workers, was not graded for use in a scaffold, and was clearly marked on its invoice as not for scaffold use.
*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.