Maryland Crane operator training, licensing and safety information

Maryland crane operators

Licensing information

To operate a crane in Maryland you need to submit certain documents including a copy of you Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.


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Key Points of the Maryland Crane Safety Regulations - Crane Safety Task Force

•The regulations are designed to prevent accidents that could cause serious injury or death related to the operation of cranes when used in construction, demolition, and maintenance.

•With few exceptions, these regulations apply to all cranes and crane operations in construction, demolition, and maintenance and include erection, operation, and dismantling of tower cranes.

•An employer may not require or permit an individual to operate a crane unless an individual has been trained successfully and has passed a written examination that tests the knowledge and skills necessary for safe crane operation. Additionally, every five years a crane operator must show that they have maintained the knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate a crane proficiently and safely. There are special provisions for individuals learning to become a crane operator.
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•Individuals who rig loads will be characterized by three classes depending upon experience, training, and work performed, including: Level 1 Rigger, Level II Rigger, or Master-Lead Rigger. An employer may not permit an individual to rig loads to be lifted by a crane unless the individual has received training and has experience appropriate to their level of work.

•An employer may not permit an individual to provide direction or signal a crane unless the individual has received appropriate training, including proper usage of standard crane hand signals.

•An employer who employs individuals, who signal or operate cranes or perform rigging of loads to be hoisted, must be included in the employer's mandatory alcohol and drug-free workplace policy.

•In addition to drug testing, an individual operating a crane must successfully complete a physical examination to ensure they can safely operate the crane. " In lieu of required training, an employer may accept the completed training from an apprenticeship program or certification from a nationally recognized and independent body.

RECORDKEEPING:
•Employers must maintain a written record of the training for each crane operator, crane operator trainee, signalperson, and rigger, and these records must be maintained for three years.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS:
•An employer must ensure that each time a special lift takes place that a master-lead rigger is available on the site and engaged in the process, including the inspection by the master-lead rigger of the rigging used in the special lift.

•All rigging used must meet the rigging manufacturer's limitations and requirements.

•Forty-eight hours prior to the commencement of any special lift, the employer must notify the Commissioner of Labor and Industry, and notice must include the name of the employer, general or managing contractor, type of special lift, site location, specific site within the location, site contact person and phone number, equipment involved, and planned time.



Crane Accident Injures Worker in Annapolis,Maryland
Safety officials are investigating the cause of a crane accident that injured a 46-year-old worker at the Annapolis Town Center in the 2000 block of West Street in Annapolis Maryland. The operator was preparing to lift materials, just after 7 AM, when a part of the crane broke off and collapsed on to the roof of the operators cab, crushing in in.

The injured man was rescued by a co-worker and he was flown to Baltimore Shock Trauma with serious injuries. A hazardous materials unit was called to deal with a hydraulic fuel that spilled from the wreck. The spill was contained to a small area. This the second crane accident to occur at this site. Another worker was killed there last year when another crane collapsed.


*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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