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OSHA Proposed Delay of Crane Operator Rule to November 2018

construction accident lawsuitsConstruction is booming in New York, resulting in numerous construction sites heavy with activity all over the state. As great as construction may be for the economy, it can also create danger zones for serious or tragic accidents.

Cranes are one of the most commonly used machines in construction– they are also one of the machines most involved in construction site accidents. Although some accidents are caused as a result of defective cranes, most are caused by improper operation due to lack of sufficient training. A new crane operator certification requirement has been in the burner in an effort to reduce the number of such accidents. This new requirement would ensure that operators be properly certified and trained before operating cranes on construction sites.

Implementation of the Crane Operator Rule

Implementation of the new crane operator certification requirement was originally set for 2014. For the second time since 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could delay the effective date of this requirement, this time to November 2018. The new rule is currently slated to go into effect this November.

According to the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), OSHA wanted more time to review the rules around operator certification. The latest extension follows President Trump’s directive that all federal agencies re-review pending regulations. Construction is booming in New York, and all around the country, and the number of cranes in use is at its highest and so is the risk of accident. Continuing to delay the implementation of the new crane operator requirement will put construction workers and the public at higher risk of accidents.

Accidents have unfortunately become a common occurrence on New York construction sites, especially worksites where safety is not paramount. If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, you should know your legal rights and should take every step possible to protect your ability to seek full compensation. Construction site injuries are often catastrophic and require extensive medical treatment. As such, seeking the maximum compensation is imperative for both the victim and their family members.

Call a New York Construction Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a construction accident that was caused by the reckless actions of another party, you may have a valid personal injury claim and be entitled to monetary compensation. For more information or to consult with one of our experienced New York construction accident attorneys, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.

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