I am interested in how other utilities are approaching the change in OSHA Crane regulations. Would anyone be willing to share their thoughts or programs?
With regards to digger-derricks (A10.31) and electric utilities, OSHA will not enforce and will expand the the exemption, according to the settlement agreement. Of course we all await the final OSHA rulilng regarding that, and hopefully that final rulling will be issued this year 2012.
With regards to, "Crane" standards, continue your process to comply with B30.5 regulations.
Crane training for digger-derrick operators will be a benefit, but please make sure the differences in their operations are explained fully.
Hope that helps.
I am writing on behalf of fleet manager, mCavanaugh, who wrote:
"Our utility is having a private vendor coming to our site to certify all our crane operators. This must be done by 11/1/14 All of our people are qualified riggers and signalmen"
I am answering on behalf of fleet manager, pmeier, who wrote:
"We are having all of our cranes go through inspections to verify that they are in compliance. The risk of loss due to rigging or tower crane failure is too great not to do it." Hope this information helps.
I am writing on behalf of fleet manager, sbrooks, who wrote:
"All of our crane operators have been certified for the past six years. With the changes to the regulations regarding rigging, we are now training qualified riggers as well. In California, we have to remember that qualified riggers are needed for any operations where materials are hoisted by any type of crane, including a portable floor crane (aka cherry picker)."
All our crane trucks have had a stability test done and a copy with an engineer stamp on the cirtification. A copy of this certification is kept with the truck. All operators of these units are certified and have had rigging training.
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