To operate a crane in New York you need to submit certain documents including a copy of you Nationally Accredited Crane Certification.
OSHA issues final rule to protect workers in New York (NY) using cranes and derricks in demolition and underground construction.
Construction Company Guilty of
Manslaughter in Immigrant
A general contracting company was convicted of manslaughter and other
charges on Friday in the death last year of a construction worker at a Lower Manhattan building site.
Justice A. Kirke Bartley Jr. of State Supreme Court in Manhattan found the company, Harco Construction, guilty of second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, both felonies, and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, in the death of Carlos Moncayo, 22, an immigrant from Ecuador who lived in Queens.
The company was acquitted of one additional charge of reckless endangerment. Prosecutors with the Manhattan district attorney’s office argued that Harcohad ignored repeated warnings about dangerous conditions at a site on Ninth Avenue in the meatpacking district, not far from the High Line. The judge agreed, and found that the company’s negligence had contributed to the collapse of a 14-foot trench on April 6, 2015, when Mr. Moncayo was crushed by thousands of pounds of dirt.
Labor Department Sues Employer for Firing Whistle blower
The Department of Labor is suing a company that allegedly fired a worker for reporting health and safety concerns.
The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit in federal court against a Niagara Falls-
based contractor that allegedly fired an employee who reported health and safety concerns.
Man gets up to 3 years for hiring Bellhops, Cooks and Hair Dressers as safety managers
A building safety consultant was sentenced to one to three years in state prison for sending hair dressers, cooks and hotel bellhops to impersonate licensed site safety managers at several New York City high-rise construction sites, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
Richard Marini, president of Avanti Building Consultants, purported to offer the inspection services of qualified safety managers at construction sites located in the Financial District, Gramercy Park and the Upper East Side.
New York State Department of Labor
A Crane Operator Certificate of Competence is required to operate a crane in New York State while operating cranes in connection with construction, demolition and excavation work. This requirement applies to all cranes having a manufacture's maximum rated capacity exceeding five tons or over forty feet of boom length and to all tower cranes.
The NYS Department of Labor License & Certification Unit administers Operational exams for the following classifications of cranes.
Safety Violations Killed 4 Workers
By John Kennedy
Law360, New York (May 15, 2015, 1:26 PM ET) -- The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday that four Texas workers killed by lethal gas in November would be alive today had their employer, DuPont Co., taken steps to protect them, citing the chemical company for 11 safety violations.
The agency's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the citations included one repeat violation, nine serious violations and one “other than serious” violation stemming from a methyl mercaptan release at DuPont's manufacturing building in La Porte, Texas.
Hannaford Settles Labor Dispute After OSHA Citation
The Hannaford supermarket chain is settling a dispute with the federal Department of Labor with a promise to institute new worker protection standards at two distribution centers.
The labor department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Hannaford for failing to keep distribution centers in Schodack Landing, New York, and South Portland, Maine, free from hazards that can cause disorders of the muscular and skeletal systems.
The citation came after inspections in 2013 and 2014.
Hannaford initially contested the citation. The labor department says on Wednesday that the company is settling and instituting new policies. The policies include hiring an ergonomist to assess both warehouses. The company will also pay $9,750 in fines.
Hannaford has more than 150 stores in five states.
Crane dangles from NYC high-rise, clearing streets
A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds Monday and dangled precariously, prompting plans for engineers and inspectors to climb to the top to examine it as a huge storm bore down on the city.
Some buildings, including 900 guests at the Parker Meridien hotel, were being evacuated as a precaution and the streets below were cleared, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. City officials didn't have a number on how many people were told to leave.
Authorities received a call about the collapse at around 2 p.m. as conditions worsened from the approaching Hurricane Sandy. Meteorologists said winds atop the 74-story building could have been close to 95 mph at the time.
Proposed new rule lets crane operators get license without prior NYC experience
The Bloomberg administration is considering letting operators of giant tower cranes get their license without any prior New York City experience — a sensitive topic in a city where cranes have collapsed and dropped loads of steel near busy sidewalks.
A proposed new rule eliminates the requirement that all big crane operators must run cranes as apprentices in the city for three years before getting their license. But after the Buildings Department regulation was unveiled at a Feb. 13 hearing, a war over safety erupted between the crane workers union and big developers.
Operating Engineers Local 14 warns that crane operators who’ve never run the giant machines in this city — with its complex infrastructure, extremely tall buildings and busy streets — could endanger city residents.
New York OSHA staff promote workers' safety and rights at Hispanic heritage event
On September 12, Clara Marin and Wilson Soto of OSHA's Buffalo Area Office attended the 13th Annual Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of Western New York. This year's theme was "Orgullo De Nuestras Raíces" (Proud of Our Roots).
Occurring during National Hispanic Heritage Month, the parade is a valuable opportunity for OSHA to pass on the message of safety to the Buffalo area's large Puerto Rican and Hispanic communities. In addition to distributing pamphlets promoting safety and employee rights under the OSH Act, OSHA staff converted a government vehicle into a parade float to show the agency's support for the Hispanic community of Western New York.
*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.