Issuing a final rule on cranes and derricks in construction, OSHA has extended the deadline for crane operator certification by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The rule also extends employers' responsibility to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely by three years.

According to an OSHA press release:

During the three-year period, OSHA will address operator qualification requirements for the cranes standards including the role of operator certification. The final cranes and derricks rule required crane operators on construction sites to meet one of four qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2014. After publishing the final rule, a number of parties raised concerns about the Standard's requirement to certify operators by type and capacity of crane and questioned whether crane operator certification was sufficient for determining whether an operator could operate their equipment safely on a construction site.

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