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:
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 their own evaluations. It must be done by the employer of the operator or a 3rd party representative.
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!