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.
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 www.nccco.org for
NCCCO and at www.craneinstituecertification.com for CIC.
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.
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.
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.
OSHA fines NY contractor $85K after worker dies from fall
•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.
*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.