In December 2018, OSHA/MIOSHA published the final rule of the new Cranes and Derricks Standard. Many of the things that they have made law we are already doing on our job sites. Some of these include having:
•Crane action plan – to be addressed in the PTP and then a separate plan if it meets the criteria of a critical lift
•Nationally Certified Crane Operator (NCCO) License – must be reviewed to ensure they are endorsed for the crane type to be used
•Annual and Daily Inspections – must be current. Daily inspection is ongoing and Annual kept current
•Monthly Inspections – Must have the last 3 monthly inspections. If the crane has sat idle for 3 months a new monthly must be performed. Currently the daily inspections are used to meet this requirement. Keep in mind that a new inspection is required whenever repairs are made. Maintain the repair records to meet this requirement.
The newest law that we need to focus on is the Crane Operator Evaluation. These evaluations can be submitted prior to the work being conducted if the evaluation is for the same set-up. If not, an evaluation must be performed at the site on the 1st day. What this entails is making sure the operator is experienced in operating the equipment for the intended scope of work in the way that it will be set up. Subcontractors are responsible for performing there own evaluation. It must be done by the employer of the operator or a 3rd party representative.
What does this mean for us?
If you have any crane coming to your site we need to have someone come to your site to perform an evaluation on the Operator. This includes any crane type that can lift over 2,000 lbs such as boom trucks, lattice booms, hydraulic booms, crawler, rubber tired, tower cranes, etc. Remember that not every operator has experience on every piece of equipment. It’s a double check to make sure that we have the right person for the right job!
If you have a crane coming to your job site, make sure to contact your General Superintendent or Safety so that we can assist you in completing this step.