Rhode Island Crane operator training, licensing and safety information

Rhode Island Crane operator training, licensing and safety information

Licensing information

You do need a State issued license to operate a crane in RI. Below are links that will help direct you to the proper application.
RI license preparation classes allow your employee to be prepared to take their state test they are applying for. These classes not only prepare them to take the state test, it also awards the employee with a certificate stating they have had training for that type of equipment.

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News Articles

Update on Operator Certification and Recent OSHA Meeting in D.C.
Most of you who read this will be familiar with the draft proposed recently by OSHA regarding crane operator qualification which would replace the original wording of the 1926 (subpart CC) section 1427.
This is the section where the operator certification and qualification requirements are covered. You can go to https://www.osha.gov/doc/accsh/accshcrane.pdf to read the entire proposed draft.

In a nutshell, the draft was a rewrite of what qualifies and/or certifies an equipment operator, which includes a variety of crane types. In particular, the draft as written would require an extensive annual evaluation of the operator and require that the operator attend a very strenuous training program. The 'proposed draft' changed the current wording which states that operators are to be "certified by type and capacity of equipment" to "operators are to be certified by type of equipment."
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As you might expect, there was an adverse reaction to this proposed draft, especially by employers of crane and equipment operators, since an annual evaluation of each operator would be extremely time-consuming and costly. Personally, I was not surprised by this proposed draft. I knew change was coming when OSHA extended the operator certification date because of the opposition of certain groups over operators having to be certified by type and capacity.

Also, it was pretty obvious that OSHA had given serious thought to the subject of cranes, particularly to personnel who operate them, that certification did not equal qualification and there should be a greater emphasis on operator training, assessment and evaluation. OSHA scheduled an ACCSH (Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health) meeting onMarch 2, to discuss the proposed draft. ACCSH is a 15-member advisory body that provides advice and assistance in construction and policy matters to the assistant secretary.

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.

Crane operator finds working on CBLS an uplifting experience These days, Crane Operator Rathier is the center of attention, the hub of the complicated and potentially dangerous process of erecting the steel columns, girders and decking for the huge Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences or CBLS, an acronym that just about everyone in the college is comfortable with by now.

From 7 in the morning until 3:30, Rathier deftly guides the monstrous machine that hoists steel from storage areas and flatbed trucks and places it delicately wherever the ironworkers need it next (the columns, braces and girders that form the frame of the new building are called collectively “steel” but the men who handle and assemble the steel are called ironworkers.)
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To even the most casual observer, Rathier’s job must seem stressful—and it can be. “Sometimes I go home mentally drained,” he admits, noting that complete and constant attention is required to do his job safely. Today, Rathier is capable of operating cranes of all sizes—the one at the CBLS site is capable of lifting 250 tons and is owned by Builders Resource Corp.

"These days, Crane Operator Rathier is the center of attention, the hub of the complicated and potentially dangerous process of erecting the steel columns, girders and decking for the huge Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences or CBLS, an acronym that just about everyone in the college is comfortable with by now."

Construction has begun off Rhode Island's coast on the nation's first offshore wind farm, a milestone RI wind farm projectthat federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, which it expects to power 17,000 homes as early as next year. It began attaching the first of the steel foundations to the ocean floor Sunday. The first one touching the seabed is known in the industry as the "first steel in the water." Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski said it was a "spectacular" moment. The company took officials and project supporters to the site by boat Monday to celebrate.

They saw the first of two steel pieces for the first foundation in the water. It has four legs and braces like a stool and rises about 30 feet above the waterline. An installation barge with a large crane was next to it, and two barges carrying additional foundation components were nearby. The foundations will be installed by mid-September, Grybowski said.
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The wind farm should be operational in the third quarter of 2016, Grybowski said. Deepwater Wind also plans to build a wind farm of at least 200 turbines between Block Island and Martha's Vineyard. "We want to build more and larger offshore wind projects, up and down the East Coast," Grybowski said.
Gov. Gina Raimondo said Rhode Island is a leader in a fast-growing industry that is creating jobs. "It's the beginning of something great in Rhode Island," Raimondo said. The offshore wind industry is far more advanced in Europe. Developers and industry experts say it has been slow to start in the U.S. because of regulatory hurdles, opposition from fossil fuel interests and the trials and tribulations of doing something for the first time

Barge Accident Dents Wind Farm Foundation off Rhode Island
A barge accident off the coast of Rhode Island has dented the foundation of what will be the nation's first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind officials told The Providence Journal ( http://bit.ly/1It10Q3 ) on Thursday that such accidents are not uncommon in offshore construction projects. A barge being used in the construction hit and dented the foundation in the water this week.

Deepwater Wind officials say repairing the foundation won't throw the project off track. The company began attaching the first of the steel foundations to the ocean floor on Sunday. The foundation is set to be secured to the ocean floor this week. Installing the foundation is supposed to take eight weeks. The company expects the five-turbine wind farm off Block Island to power 17,000 homes as early as next year.

R.I. construction firm settles with DLT to pay more than $730,000 in back wages, penalties
By Kate Bramson
 Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE

A tale of two very different companies emerged Tuesday once Governor Raimondo's office announced a $730,000 settlement agreement with a firm that did drywall work on the University of Rhode Island's new wellness center and must now pay that amount in back wages, interest and penalties.

Cardoso Construction LLC, of Pawtucket, whose manager is Joaquim S. Cardoso, of East Providence, failed to pay the prevailing wage rate to 32 employees and misclassified 27 employees as "independent contractors," according to the consent agreement between the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training and Cardoso. The DLT released that consent agreement, signed Aug. 18, to The Providence Journal Tuesday.
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In announcing the settlement, Raimondo said it's the first significant action of her new Workplace Fraud Unit, which will focus DLT's effort on dishonest companies, investigate wrongdoing and enforce worker-protection laws. "We're going to go after companies that cheat because breaking the law not only hurts workers, it also hurts companies that follow the rules, pay proper wages and help grow the Rhode Island economy," Raimondo said in a statement.

Girard R. Visconti, Cardoso's lawyer, said Tuesday he agrees with the governor's position on holding cheaters accountable. But Visconti said he was "very disappointed" to learn when a reporter called his office that the governor issued a news release without telling him and without offering a chance for his client to say anything in the release.

Visconti, a partner with Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP, who specializes in construction law, said in 47 years practicing, he has never seen anybody "come to the plate" in the way Cardoso has to make things right. That includes agreeing to pay back, over the next five years, all past wages, said Visconti, who returned a reporter's call while on vacation in Italy.

Cardoso was a subcontractor to Iron Construction Group LLC of Warwick, the general contractor for the $11-million Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center at URI, which opened in 2013. Because that project was a publicly funded government contract, state law requires workers be paid a prevailing wage rate, an amount often driven by what unions pay mechanics and other laborers, DLT spokesman Michael J. Healey said. Cardoso's employees are not union workers, Visconti said.

Here's what Visconti said happened: Cardoso, a U.S. citizen from Portugal, asked his employees during the downturn in Rhode Island's economy: "Will you take less in wages?" Cardoso told them it was the only way the firm would get jobs, and most agreed to be paid less, Visconti said: "Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but he thought he could do it." Then Cardoso's accountant discovered what he did and told him he couldn't, Visconti said. The consent agreement says the company and DLT worked together to correct employees' certified payroll records to be in compliance with the law.

No life-threatening injuries after structure collapse at Bryant University
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Construction crews and emergency officials Tuesday afternoon remained on the site of a structure collapse at Bryant University. A steel structure, which will eventually be an indoor practice facility, came tumbling down shortly after 8 a.m. “[Workers] just started construction on it. They were erecting steel. Something happened at the site and the steel structure that was in place fell over,” Smithfield Fire Chief Robert Seltzer said at a news conference Tuesday morning. “We’re not sure why that happened. It’s underinvestigation at this time.”
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Some of the workers were at the top of the 30-foot structure at the time of the accident. The metal beams came down on top of them and in total, six workers were hurt. Officials said all of them needed help getting out, and some of them were trapped underneath the structure. One worker had to be cut out of his harness.

Officials said all of the victims were conscious at the scene and there were no head injuries. None of the six victims have life threatening injuries. When the structure collapsed, Seltzer said issued a Level One response – meaning they were able to call upon five additional rescue vehicles.

“It could have been a lot worse,” said Captain Jonathan Polak of the Smithfield Fire Department. “Not noted any head injuries, a couple complaining of back pain, couple had some lower leg injuries, but nothing that seeming like it was life threatening.” A spokesperson at Rhode Island Hospital said all six victims are in good condition. Four have been released from the hospital, officials said. The other two are expected to be okay.

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