New crane regulations proposed

Crane operators in all 50 states may be required to undergo additional training and pass a certification test, according to a proposed regulation from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The draft regulation, the first comprehensive update in crane rules since 1971, outlines the methods in which an operator may become certified: an accredited third party testing organization, audited employer testing programs, U.S. military programs and state or local licensing organizations.

The proposal also has stringent requirements for crane assembly and disassembly and inspections, as well as safety device usage and proper ground conditions for crane operation.

The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register in October, after which a public comment period will begin.