West Virginia Crane operator training, licensing and safety information

West Virginia Crane operator training

Licensing information

To operate a crane you need to submit certain documents including a copy of you Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.

If you have not obtained your OSHA Accredited Crane Operator Certificate, click the link now!!!

News Articles

Crane Truck Overturns in Marshall County, West Virginia, No Injuries reported

The Wheeling News-Register / Intelligencer reports that a large crane truck that was used at a natural gas drilling site overturned around midnight on Wednesday of last week. The accident occurred in southern Marshall County on Burch Ridge when the crane driver — returning the vehicle to Stephenson Equipment of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — allegedly took a turn too sharply, flipped the rig, and blocked the roadway.

Because the truck was so large, the West Virginia Division of Highways was forced to close the road for most of the day as crews cleared the accident debris. Local law enforcement arrived at the scene soon after the crash was reported, and thankfully found that neither the driver nor his passenger were injured in the incident.

Do I Need a License or Certification?

To demonstrate your expertise with certain types of cranes, such as tower, articulating or overhead cranes, you could obtain voluntary certification through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (www.nccco.org). You can test for certification as an operator, signaler or rigger if you're over 18 years old, have the physical capability and experience in crane operations. Although the credential is optional, some employers might require it. Additionally, some states regulate the operation of certain cranes, and you could need to pass written and practical tests to earn state licensure.

What is the Job Outlook? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that employment for tower and crane operators was anticipated to increase by 17% between 2012 and 2022 (www.bls.gov). The BLS stated that your employment prospects would also depend on economic fluctuations.

*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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