Boom truck operators in precast plants may have been given a three-year extension when OSHA delayed its certification deadline to 2017. But that doesn’t mean state agencies are waiting until 2017 to require that boom truck operators pass a certification exam. If you’re working at a plant in California, for example, you need to be certified by an accredited testing agency right now. Other states have different requirements, setting up a patchwork of regulation between now and 2017.
The rule, “29CFR 1926.1400CC, Cranes and Derricks in Construction,” had been scheduled to go into effect this fall, but OSHA delayed it for further study after, “A number of parties raised concerns about the qualification/certification requirements,” according to an OSHA media release. In the meantime, states are free to implement their own deadlines for requiring certification of crane operators. NPCA has posted a list of state-by-state certification requirements in the Safety section of precast.org.
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