Chicago’s new crane ordinance will be effective on September 1, 2015
The new ordinance requires that any person operating crane equipment with a rated lifting/hoisting capacity of over 2,000 pounds to obtain a Chicago Crane Operator License. The ordinance also establishes two classes for large and small hoisting equipment and provides an option to obtain a 1-year to 5-year license term. The ordinance also clarifies and add new classifications of cranes now covered by the Crane Operators License.
Please also note that Crane Operators and their employers are now required to immediately report accidents and safety issues to the Department of Buildings as well as immediately shut down crane equipment when safety devices and operational aids are not working properly.
Update on Operator Certification and Recent OSHA Meeting in D.C.
Most of you who read this will be familiar with the draft proposed recently by OSHA regarding
crane operator qualification which would replace the original wording of the 1926 (subpart CC)
This is the section where the operator certification and qualification requirements
are covered. You can go to https://www.osha.gov/doc/accsh/accshcrane.pdf to read the entire
In a nutshell, the draft was a rewrite of what qualifies and/or certifies an equipment operator,
which includes a variety of crane types. In particular, the draft as written would require an
extensive annual evaluation of the operator and require that the operator attend a very strenuous
training program. The 'proposed draft' changed the current wording which states that operators
are to be "certified by type and capacity of equipment" to "operators are to be certified by type of
*It is essential that you check with your local government and confirm that the information listed above is still good today. This information
should only be used as a tool to help you figure out what type of license you need to operate certain types of equipment.