FAIRFAX, Va.,Â Oct. 31Â –Â The National Commission for the Certification of Crane OperatorsÂ issued the following news release:
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane OperatorsÂ (NCCCO) has joined nine other leading construction industry organizations to call on theOccupational Safety and Health AdministrationÂ (OSHA) to correct and reissue long-awaited crane operator certification requirements.
The ten organizations that now comprise theÂ Coalition for Crane Operator Safety(CCOS), of which NCCCO is a charter member, are working with bothÂ CongressÂ andOSHAÂ to amend and finalize controversial aspects of the Crane & Derricks in Construction Standard. The goal is to ensure that crane operator certification requirements provide the highest degree of safety for the construction industry and the public.
NCCCO–along with the several labor, management, equipment manufacturing, insurance underwriters and certification organizations making up the CCOS–is specifically calling forÂ OSHAÂ to rescind the crane capacity certification requirements, as well as a provision that essentially equates employer certification with qualification.
Graham Brent, chief executive officer of NCCCO, said the organization has become a charter member of CCOS to help ensure theÂ OSHAÂ provisions regarding certification bolster the construction industry, rather than hinder its progress.
“While OSHA has confirmed it will address these concerns during the recently announced three-year delay, the industries supporting CCOS have created this coalition to ensure it is done right and done expeditiously,” he explained.
Brent stressed his organization’s desire to work side-by-side withÂ OSHAÂ as a willing partner to perfect the provisions.
“We appreciate thatÂ OSHAÂ is taking the time to understand the two issues with the provisions,” he said. “We look forward to working withÂ OSHAÂ andÂ CongressÂ to make this happen.”
In the meantime, Brent stressed that crane operators should continue to train and to seek CCO certification as they have done for nearly two decades.
For more information, please read the CCOS press release here (http://nccco.org/docs/default-source/news-item%27s-pdf-files/ccos-launch-release_10-30-14-final.pdf?sfvrsn=2).