New regulations for NYC crane operators
NYC crane operators will face tough new licensing and testing requirements as a result of regulations announced Thursday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Starting May 26, new applicants for crane licenses must obtain certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators or an organization accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the American National Standards Institute. Such training is updated more frequently and considered more rigorous than that currently required. Crane operators who do not yet have the appropriate certifications have until July 1, 2013 to obtain them.
Previously, national certification for “hoisting machine operators” was required only to operate the smallest class of mobile cranes in NYC.
New applicants will also be required to undergo a criminal background check, comply with a substance abuse policy, demonstrate their physical fitness, and complete a 40-hour training course. “These initiatives will make construction sites across our city even safer,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
A flurry of crane accidents has plagued the city in the last five years. The last one, on April 3, at W. 34th St. between 10th and 11th Aves., killed a construction worker who was helping to extend the No. 7 Subway and injured four other people.