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Can your instructor say that he or she still spends time operating?

How many times have you taken a safety class and walked away feeling that much of the information was out of date, just a lot of old war stories or exactly the same information that was in the class the last time you attended it?    As most of us that have been in the construction industry for any length of time know that taking safety classes is a requirement.   Truth is many times the facts or information that needs to be given simply has not changed, furthermore, the instructor you had may teach this class so frequently  he or she could recite it word for word in his or her sleep.   This is not to say that any age or sex of instructor is better than another.  One of the best instructors I have ever had probably owed Jesus lunch money. I have seen both male and female instructors keep a class engaged and entertained though some of the most boring repetitive classes.   Unfortunately, for every good instructor I have had or seen, there have been many that would put a caffeine buzzed cheerleader squad to sleep.

So, What Do You DO?

Here at OCU, Online Crane University, we believe that even the most experienced instructors still need to put on their boots and get out in the field from time to time.  We continue to partner with our previous customers to provide on-call, onsite consulting and when needed, even a highly qualified crane operator or rigger when needed.  This provides our customers with an extra resource and the opportunity for our instructors to put what they teach to work.  OCU has found that this gives our instructor more ability to curtail and customize our classes to fit each individual customers needs.

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New OSHA Rule

Here is some very important information about the ongoing debate on how the new crane rule should read. 

Draft proposed crane operator qualification regulatory text for March 31, 2015 ACCSH meeting

§ 1926.1427 Operator qualification (a)

(1) Employers must ensure that each operator is trained, certified / licensed, and evaluated in accordance with this section before operating any equipment covered under subpart CC, except for the equipment in paragraph (a)(3).

(2) An employee who has not been certified and evaluated for assigned equipment in accordance with this section may only operate the equipment as an operator-in-training under supervision in accordance with the requirements of paragraph (f) of this section.

(3) Exceptions: Operator certification/licensing and training under this section is not required for operators of derricks (see § 1926.1436), sideboom cranes (see § 1926.1440), or equipment with a maximum manufacturer-rated hoisting/lifting capacity of 2,000 pounds or less (see § 1926.1441). NOTE: Employers must train these operators in accordance with § 1926.1430(b).


Here are a few of the highlight of what is being put out for review.


(b) Evaluation.

(1) The employer must ensure that each operator is evaluated with respect to each equipment that the operator will use by an individual who has the knowledge, training, and experience necessary to assess equipment operators.

(2) Through the evaluation, the employer must ensure that the operator candidate: (i) has the skills necessary to operate the equipment safely, including those specific to the equipment’s operational aids and software, the size and configuration of the equipment (including its lifting capacity, boom length, luffing jib, and counterweight set-up); (ii) has the knowledge and judgment to make sound determinations regarding equipment operations; (iii) can apply the equipment’s load charts and the manufacturer’s procedures; (iv) can perform the type of hoisting activities required for assigned work (e.g., blind lifts, personnel hoisting, multi-crane lifts, etc.); and (v) has demonstrated competency in the following areas, as applicable:


(B) Set-up

(C) Assembly/Disassembly;


(E) Inspection;

(F) Maintenance;

(G)Operational aids; and




(3) The evaluation must include observation of the candidate operating the equipment.

(c) Certification by an accredited crane operator testing organization.

(1) For a testing organization to be considered accredited to certify operators under this subpart, it must: (i) Be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency based on that agency’s determination that industry recognized criteria for written testing materials, practical examinations, test administration, grading, facilities/equipment and personnel have been met.

(ii) Administer written and practical tests that: (A) Assess the operator applicant regarding, at a minimum, the knowledge and skills listed in Part A of Appendix C for this subpart. (B) Provide certification(s) based on the type of equipment.

(iii) Have procedures for operators to re-apply and be re-tested in the event an operator applicant fails a test or is decertified.

(iv) Have testing procedures for recertification designed to ensure that the operator continues to meet the technical knowledge and skills requirements in Appendix C.

(v) Have its accreditation reviewed by the nationally recognized accrediting agency at least every three years.


This is a very small part of the proposed new rule, to view the whole article Click HERE

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