OSHA moves to delay new crane operator rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday it would propose to delay a set of certification requirements for crane and derrick operators.

OSHA laid out the new standards in August of 2010, and gave the industry four years to comply. Under the regulations, operators were to meet, by November of next year, one of four options to demonstrate they are qualified to handle the equipment.

Outside groups raised concerns about the regulations, prompting officials to consider changes.

In the meantime, OSHA said it would “will propose to extend the compliance date so that the qualification/certification requirements do not take effect during potential rulemaking or cause disruption to the construction industry,” according to a statement issued by the agency.

Under the proposal, the certification requirements would be put off for three years, taking effect in November of 2017.