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.
Check out the state-by-state certification requirements by clicking here.
For more information, contact Marti Harrell, vice president of technical services and professional development, by email ([email protected]) or at (800) 366-7731.
Gina Henrie says
It is very wise that states are implementing their own deadlines for requiring certification of crane operators. I will need to check out the NPCA website and see what the state-by-state certification requirements are. I have been thinking about getting my license for a while now, so this might give me the drive to actually do it.
Scott Pitre says
Does the Driver of the Boom Truck have to be certified to operate the Boom? I am in Louisiana.
Sara Geer says
Thank you for the comment Scott. For the latest information regarding crane certification, visit precast.org/cranes. There, you can watch the webinar OSHA Crane Certification: What You Need to Know and also view resources from accredited certification organizations and OSHA. If you have any other questions, please let me know.
If our Boom is inoperable and not connected to the truck, just on the trailer we use, does my driver still need certification?
Sara Geer says
Thank you for the comment, Lauren. The following response was provided by Marti Harrell, vice president of technical services and professional development. If you have other questions, please contact us by calling (800) 366-7731.
“If you are not using the crane and it is “inoperable” your operator would not need to be certified. The operator needs to be certified if she or he operates the crane. However, we recommend verifying local certification requirements with your state or other job site owners.”