Maine Crane operator training, licensing and safety information

Main crane operators

Licensing information

Currently, your state does not mandate a Crane Operator License. Please beware that soon you will need a Crane Operator Certificate to
operate a crane if Maine decides not to commence licensing. A growing number of jobs are now requiring Crane Operator Certification.


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News Articles

Federal court upholds OSHA finding that railroad company retaliated against Maine whistleblower
Pan Am Railways Inc. has been ordered to pay an employee $260,000 in punitive and compensatory damages after a federal appeals court found that the railroad retaliated against the employee for filing a Federal Railroad Safety Act whistleblower complaint. The railroad claimed the employee, who works in a rail yard in Waterville, Maine, was being dishonest when he tried to report an injury. The case was appealed as far as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which denied the railroad’s petition. OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes that protect employees who report violations of various laws.


At least one person is reportedly injured in a crash between a vehicle and construction crane.

CHELSEA — A local woman was hurt Thursday when her car was hit by a construction crane on Route 9. Sally Gousse, 76, was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta with serious injuries after the 1 p.m. accident, Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said in a news release.
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Eugene Green, 52, of Manchester, who was driving the crane, was not hurt. Gousse, driving a PT Cruiser, pulled out of her driveway near Tims RV Service and into the path of the crane, McCausland said, which Green was driving north towards Augusta on Route 9. “The big rig swerved, attempting to avoid the collision, but struck the car on the driver’s side,” McCausland said. Gousse was trapped inside her car. Chelsea Fire Chief Shawn Ramage said crews worked for a half hour to cut her free. Rescuers initially called for a LifeFlight helicopter, but an aircraft was not immediately available so the request was canceled. Route 9 was closed in the area for about an hour.

Gousse’s car was destroyed, McCausland said. There was little damage to the crane, which is owned by Vassalboro-based W.H. Green and Sons.


OSHA Approves Maine as Newest State Plan Protecting State and Local Government Workers
Maine has recently been approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as the newest State Plan responsible for protecting the safety and health of state and local government employees. The Maine State and Local Government Only State Plan will cover more than 81,000 employees of the state and its political subdivisions under an OSHA-approved plan. The plan becomes effective Aug. 5, 2015.
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“This is a major milestone for Maine public employees and the state’s development of its occupational safety and health program,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “We applaud them for their ongoing commitment to the well-being of government workers who provide the most vital services that make the state of Maine livable and enjoyable.”

Maine joins Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and the Virgin Islands as one of six states and territories that administer safety and health programs for state and local government employees that are committed to maintain programs that are at least as effective as federal OSHA. Twenty-four states still do not provide federally approved workplace safety and health protections for its public employees. The plan will be administered by the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, which will provide coverage to 81,430 public employees. Private sector and federal government employees in Maine remain under federal OSHA jurisdiction. The OSH Act of 1970 and 29 CFR Part 1956 allow states and territories to establish plans that cover only state and local government employees - workers who are excluded from federal coverage. Once a State Plan is approved, OSHA funds up to 50 percent of the program’s costs.


US Court of Appeals holds Maine construction company owner in contempt
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston held construction company owner Stephen Lessard in civil contempt after he defied a 2011 order to correct safety violations cited during OSHA inspections of 11 different worksites.

Lessard, owner of Lessard Brothers Construction and Lessard Roofing & Siding Inc. in Greene, Maine, was also ordered to pay $405,000 in fines and interest.
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"It's critically important that employers recognize their obligation to take all appropriate steps to ensure the safety and health of their workers," said Kim Stille, OSHA's New England regional administrator.

The Aug. 24 judgment* orders Lessard to submit proof of correction for the cited hazards and pay $405,485 plus interest and fees to OSHA within 20 days, or face additional sanctions by the court. For more information, read the news release.


*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.


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