Late last year the rules and regulations related to persons working in crane and derrick rigging or signaling positions were changed. While these are federal changes, there are state laws and regulations that must also meet or exceed these requirements. These regulations have been changed to try an prevent accidents, injuries, and deaths that have been prevalent in the industry over the years. According to the official website:
It is anticipated that this final standard will prevent 22 fatalities and 175 non-fatal injuries each year.
While that may not sound like a lot of deaths or injuries, the economic and social affects of those deaths and injuries can be huge – especially to the families involved. The final standard addresses issues such as the certification of crane and derrick operators and the qualification of those working in rigging or signaling. What is important to note is that it is an employer’s obligation to ensure that those working in these jobs are either certified or qualified, depending on the federal or state laws that apply.
For those working in the industry, or proposing to work in the industry, undertaking formal training in these areas is vital. While federal rules have set minimum standards, some states have exceeded those rules and put in place more stringent regulations so it advisable to seek the most comprehensive training available. You should certainly be looking for training programs that exceed the minimum requirement.
ATS Crane Operator Schools now offer OSHA Compliant Rigging & Signal Person training. Our standards are purposely set higher than the minimum to ensure that students receive comprehensive training that meets the requirements nationwide. If you are working in the industry, or are considering working in this industry, contact us for more information on this training program.