New York City Crane operator training, licensing and safety information

New York City crane operators

Licensing information

How to Become a New York City Licensed Hoisting Machine Operator – Class C
STEP ONE: Check that you meet the qualifications for a Class C Hoisting Machine Operator License. You must: a) Be at least 18 years old b) Be able to read, write, and understand the English language c) Have good moral character, so as to not adversely impact upon fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Hoisting Machine Operator d) Have at least two years of experience within three years prior to application under the direct and continuing supervision of a licensed HMO in New York City or in another jurisdiction that regulates crane operators. At least one of the required years of experience must be in New York City or in an urban area of comparable density.

STEP TWO: Pass the appropriate National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) or Crane Institute Certification (CIC) written and practical examinations for the type of machinery you intend to operate. Candidate handbooks and application information can be found at for NCCCO and at for CIC.
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STEP THREE: Apply for your Background investigation. You must obtain appropriate crane operator certification(s) from NCCCO or CIC. Once you obtain the certification, you must schedule an appointment with the Licensing Unit to submit your information for a background investigation. The Licensing Unit is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-1:00pm. Appointments can be made by calling (212) 566-4100.

STEP FOUR: Apply for your Hoist Machine Operator Class C License. If the Department determines that you meet all qualifications and pass the background investigation, you will receive a letter from the Licensing Unit with a list of instructions and required items that you must submit to obtain the license. You have one year from the date of the letter to obtain your license. If you do not complete the process within one year, you may be required to begin the process from the beginning (including resubmission for background investigation). To obtain your card, you must make an appointment with the Licensing Unit.

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News Articles

Operator Is at Fault for Fatal Crane Accident, City Finds
The operator of a crane that collapsed and killed one person in Lower Manhattan in February failed to properly lower the boom and was responsible for the accident, New York City officials said on Friday. After an investigation by the city’s Buildings Department, officials suspended the license of the crane’s operator, Kevin Reilly, and moved to revoke it permanently. The giant crane collapsed on a gusty morning, leading the city to tighten rules for cranes operating in high winds. A man walking on the street, David Wichs, was killed, and three other people were injured.
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Mr. Reilly had failed to secure the crane the night before the crash and lowered the boom of the crane at an improper angle, causing the crane to become unstable, officials said. The department said it would work with the City Council on rules to improve safety, including tougher licensing requirements for crane operators.

City Council members rushing to impose an onerous new training and registration regime
City Council members rushing to impose an onerous new training and registration regime on every construction site in New York City do so in the name of workers who are dying in far too large numbers on the job: 34 since the start of 2015. But in their unbridled enthusiasm for bureaucratic overkill, Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn and the solid majority who have signed onto his legislation would punish the very people they aim to help — while piling enforcement responsibility on a city agency already buckling under the weight of its current workload.
The latest version of a still-evolving measure sponsored by Williams would require all workers at construction sites to either have union training programs under their belts or complete an arbitrarily long 59 hours of coursework — in person, not online — covering 26 separate topics, from lead awareness to exit routes to sidewalk sheds, before doing any work whatsoever.

No matter their area of specialty, all hardhats would have to carry certificates of completion in the sweeping curriculum — akin to requiring every busboy to know the correct temperature at which to cook pork. A single missing card would result in the entire construction project being shut down by the Department of Buildings until that worker finishes the class.
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Do the math. With an estimated 180,000 construction workers in the city, a rough half of them non-union, that’s a demand for 6 million hours of classes to be taught by July of next year — by what is now a handful of providers, in multiple languages, in classes federal safety rules limit to 40 students a pop.
This is insanity. And that’s not counting the additional specialized training to be contemplated by a task force the Council looks to convene, plus recertification every few years thereafter. And pity the poor freelance laborer without an employer to sponsor his or her two weeks of study, estimated to cost upwards of $2,000 . Simple economics suggest thousands would be put out of work.

If that weren’t bad enough, the strapped Department of Buildings would be charged with ensuring that all of those tens of thousands of cards are present and legit — on top of its vast existing duties to inspect the safety of structures. Just ask the federal safety agency OSHA how that goes. All construction workers on buildings 10 stories or higher have to carry cards certifying they’ve had 10 hours of training, with some jobs requiring 30 hours — resulting in what Public Advocate Tish James flags as a black market in fraudulent cards.

ACCSH meetings are open to the public and are announced in the Federal Register. As you would expect, the room was full. CIC was represented by Tony Brown, Jeff Dudley, Pete Walsh and myself. Tony and I signed up to be speakers. When it came our time to speak, Tony and I both recommended to the ACCSH committee that the language requiring operators to be certified by type and capacity should remain in the regulation.

We made this recommendation based on the following reasoning: half of the four accredited certification organizations (NCCER and CIC) developed their certification programs by type and capacity because OSHA said that would be the requirement. It just would not be fair to these organizations to change the original requirement for certification which was by type and capacity and force them to change their programs. That would not only be unfair, it defies common sense!

Tony and I both understand there are operators that have certifications which are based on type only. Requiring them to be certified by type and capacity would cause them to be disenfranchised. Therefore, we recommended to the ACCSH committee that not only should type and capacity be left in the regulation, but the regulation should also allow operators to be certified by type. The standard would ultimately read that operators of equipment be certified by type and capacity or by type. We felt like this would satisfy all of the certification organizations and would be fair to all of them as well.

The next day, the ACCSH committee recommended by motion several things to OSHA. First, that OSHA needs to rework the operator evaluation and re-evaluation language and that type and capacity be put back into the rewrite of 1427. This would result in operators having the choice of being certified by type and capacity or by type only. ACCSH also recommended that OSHA clarify whether a trainer be certified or certified and qualified and that OSHA develop some reasonable definition of who the controlling contractor would be on the job site.

I've always been a little skeptical of OSHA and its control in the workplace. However, after attending the ACCSH meeting I have a lot more respect for OSHA and what it does to protect workers. I was also very pleased with the meeting and have great admiration for the members of the ACCSH committee. Some of these members might not have even known what a crane was when the meeting first started, but they came up to speed very quickly and were very astute to the issues being presented. They made appropriate motions and recommendations to OSHA regarding the most important points of the proposed draft.

So this is what we can be assured of: OSHA is going to require that operators be evaluated on a periodic basis with signed documentation by an evaluator. There will be more stringent training requirements which will have to be documented along with the periodic evaluations. In other words, people will have to attend more of a professional type training program which covers the topics outlined in the proposed draft.

It was also expressed that OSHA would like to get all of this done by year's end. So now we just have to wait for OSHA to do their work and present another rewrite of what was previously proposed. It will then have to go through the process and hopefully by year's end all of this can be done and this certification issue can be put to bed, and the industry can move forward in a direction that would help more men and women go home safely at the end of the work day.

Worker injured at Brookfield’s Manhattan West site
A construction worker suffered serious injuries after he plummeted 40 feet to the ground at the Manhattan West development site on the Far West Side on Monday. The man — who hasn’t been identified — fell off one of the buildings that’s rising at Brookfield Property Partners’ massive project, according to the New York Post.

The accident occurred right before 2 p.m., the newspaper reported. A witness told the newspaper that “they used a bucket crane to pull him out.” Brookfield is currently building One Manhattan West, one of a pair of towers that will rise as part of the 5.4 million-square-foot, mixed-use megaproject. The tower is slated to cost $2.1 billion to develop.

The year has seen multiple construction site accidents already, with nine reported fatalities. In April, a 50-year-old construction worker fell to his death at a Brighton Beach development site. That same month, a 22-year-old construction worker died following an accident at the former home of French bistro Pastis in the Meatpacking District. In May, a 25-year-old construction worked died after falling 24 stories at the Riu Hotel Times Square construction site at 301 West 46th Street. And in March, a Keller Williams agent was killed after being struck by a piece of plyfood from Rudin family and Global Holdings’ Greenwich Lane.

Hannaford Supermarkets reaches settlement with OSHA; agrees to implement safeguards for warehouse workers
Under terms of a settlement with OSHA, Hannaford Supermarkets has agreed to institute ongoing worker protection safeguards at its warehouses/distribution centers in Schodack Landing, N.Y., and South Portland, Maine.
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OSHA inspections in 2013 and 2014 found that the company failed to keep its centers free from hazards likely to cause musculoskeletal disorders. Hannaford agreed to: have a qualified ergonomist assess both centers and recommend how to address hazards identified by OSHA; establish an employee-manager ergonomics committee to make recommendations to the ergonomist and company; ensure that contractors’ employees have access to the same protective measures as Hannaford employees; and pay $9,750 in fines.

"Hannaford is investing in preventing worker injuries," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "We urge other employers to follow its example." See the news release for more information.

OSHA fines NY contractor $85K after worker dies from fall
Dive Brief:
•The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited J&M Metro General Contracting with one willful violation for the lack of fall protection, along with five serious violations for other hazards, in association with the falling death of 51-year-old worker Vidal Sanchez at a Brooklyn, NY, job site in April. The contractor now faces fines of $84,600.
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•On April 1, Sanchez fell from the sixth floor of a building under construction as he as was raking freshly poured concrete near an unprotected edge.

•OSHA found J & M did not provide required fall protection equipment, such as harnesses and lifelines, to Sanchez or other workers and had not trained them on how to minimize fall hazards.

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Kay Gee, OSHA’s area director for Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, said of the New York contractor, "This employer knew fall protection was required, but did not supply lifesaving equipment that would have prevented this fall."

Fall protection violations are once again at the top of OSHA’s Top 10 job site violations for 2015. Fall protection violations remain a consistent problem for OSHA enforcement and an ongoing threat to safety on job sites across the U.S..

OSHA has an ongoing Fall Protection Campaign in place to help workers and employers identify and address fall hazards and safeguards.

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