Vermont Crane operator training, licensing and safety information

Vermont crane operators

Licensing information

As of today there are no licensing requirements to operate a Crane in Vermont. Please note this could change at any time.

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News Articles

Town receives lower VOSHA fine
The town of Castleton will pay $400 in fines following an inspection by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration in August. Town Manager Mark Shea informed the Select Board about the decision at a recent meeting. The original proposed fine was $1,440.

The town received four violations following an unscheduled site visit that occurred over a week in August. The violations included an uninspected eye wash in the town garage and improper training for town employees handling hazardous chemicals. According to meeting minutes, Shea told the board that this was not the end of the story, and that more work has to be done. He continued that, with the addition of a “Safety Officer, more ongoing training and safety planning events will need be a part of the everyday conversation,” according to meeting minutes.

How Many Types of Cranes Are There?

There are basically two types of cranes, mobile and fixed. Within each class, you can learn to operate several large and small cranes, including cranes used from a vehicle, ship or helicopter, tower cranes that are usually found at construction sites for tall buildings, telescoping cranes that extend and contract using hydraulics or overhead cranes used for loading cargo. Though similar in function, each type of crane requires you to obtain specialized knowledge and skills to manipulate the controls and cables necessary to move heavy objects, machinery, materials and equipment.

Each type of crane has a specific purpose. As a crane operator, your expertise will be needed on construction and manufacturing sites, ports and loading docks, offshore building sites, warehouses and rail yards. You'll often depend on and take direction from teams of workers to correctly lift and position loads using radios or visual signals.

Are Construction Standards Enough to Prevent Vermont Crane Accidents and Injuries?

Just as in every industry, there are safety standards that the Federal government makes to ensure safe crane operation. However, Vermont has recently had two crane accidents and work injuries, which has caused some to take a closer look at crane safety.

The main causes of crane worker injuries and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), include:
Mobile crane tip-overs: Crane tip-overs tend to happen when a crane operator is performing work outside of the manufacturer's safe lifting capacity. Boom collapses: Crane booms collapse due to improper rigging, overloading, and poor disassembly procedures.
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Uncontrolled hoisted loads: Tip-overs and boom collapses occur as a result of workers being struck by uncontrolled hoisted loads or parts of the crane. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggests that the research and investigations surrounding crane accidents in Vermont and throughout the country indicate that construction and crane workers may not fully recognize the potential hazards of mobile cranes.

NIOSH has looked at eight deaths and two injuries from crane accidents and believes each one could have been prevented by using proper safety procedures, including following proper set-up and dismantling procedures, not working under a suspended load, not exceeding the lift capacity, and doing regular maintenance to make sure the crane is working safely.

NIOSH is requesting that construction companies, mobile crane companies, crane operators, riggers and ground workers all communicate this prevention information in order to prevent Vermont crane accidents and work injuries and fatalities from occurring.

*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.

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