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OSHA Delays Crane Operator Certifications

A booming construction industry also brings a significant rise in the number of construction related accidents. Construction accidents and deaths jumped 240 percent from 2011 to 2015.  This streak shows no sign of slowing down – nationwide. One of the most common and deadliest types of construction accident is a crane accident. In an effort to specifically reduce crane accidents, OSHA has spent many months working on a new rule requiring crane operators to be certified. This new rule was supposed to go into effect on November 10, 2017.

Crane Operator Certifications

On November 9th, OSHA published a Final Rule that effectively postponed this requirement for one extra year. The Final Rule states “OSHA is delaying its deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year until November 10, 2018. OSHA is also extending its employer duty to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely for the same one-year period.”

OSHA has postponed this rule two times since 2014. OSHA states the reason for this postponement is due to the fact that it still needs to address two additional concerns:

  1. Whether operators need to be certified by type and lifting capacity or only by type capacity.
  2. Whether a certification by itself would even confirm that the operator is in fact qualified.

OSHA believes the one additional year of delay would be enough to address these two concerns. However, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators only “reluctantly” supported OSHA’s additional one-year delay.

 

The bottom line is that crane operator training has proven to be an effective way to reduce the number of crane-related construction site accidents and deaths. As such, every day this new rule is delayed increases the risk of additional crane accidents.

Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers

When construction site accidents occur, it can seriously injure or kill construction workers as well as innocent bystanders. These victims and their loved ones may have a valid personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against the responsible parties.

At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the consequences that construction site accidents on victims and their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first hand knowledge of the inherent dangers in this line of work. Such experience allows us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.

We Can Help You If Your Are Injured

When you are injured in a construction site accident, you need to hire an experienced New York construction injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of the monetary compensation that you deserve.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York construction injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.

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