Pennsylvania Crane operator training, licensing and safety information

Pennsylvania Crane operator training, licensing and safety information

Licensing information

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


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OSHA fines PA contractor $62K for 3rd serious violation
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Kinzers, PA, contractor Rockvale Construction $61,600 for a third instance of serious worksite hazards at a multifamily housing project in Temple, PA. OSHA cited Rockvale with two willful violations for its "failure to properly attach the forklift platform to the forks of the forklift and ensure employees were protected from fall hazards while working from the forklift platform and the roof." According to OSHA, this is the third time since 2013 the agency has cited Rockvale Construction for exposing employees to serious fall hazards in Temple.
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OSHA has also placed Rockvale into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates follow-up inspections. "Despite previous citations, this company continues to disregard the safety standards in place to protect workers from falls, which are the leading cause of death in the construction industry," said Kevin Kilp, OSHA's area director in Harrisburg. Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction and consistently top OSHA’s Top 10 job site violations.

OSHA recently fined a North Dakota contractor for three willful safety violations in connection with a worker fall from a forklift platform, resulting in serious injury. The agency also fined Texas contractors $47,000 for failing to provide adequate protection after a worker died in a fall from a forklift. This week, a "little-noticed" provision in the budget bill signed by President Obama raised federal OSHA fines for workplace safety violations for the first time in 25 years. The measure — which brings penalties in line with inflation increases since 1990 — also requires future OSHA and state agency penalty hikes to continue to rise with inflation.

That fine increase would have a huge impact on the construction industry, as construction fatalities accounted for 20.6% of all total private industry fatalities last year, according to the BLS.


Higher OSHA fines coming for violations at workplaces
Companies next year could be paying significantly more for workplace violations cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the first time in 25 years. A provision that allows OSHA to hike maximum penalties by about 78 percent was quietly added by Congress into the budget bill signed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 2. It ties the highest dollar amount the agency can charge employers to October’s rate of inflation. Currently, maximum fines are tied to the consumer price index in 1990. The legislative mandate does not necessarily mean the federal agency will raise fees the maximum amount by the effective date of Aug. 1, 2016. But, given that a hike has been long sought by OSHA Chief David Michaels, many believe it’s likely the increase will be substantial.
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The agency sees the move as putting some bite back into fines that have not been large enough to actually change company behavior. Others say this could lay the groundwork for more battles by companies shocked by the higher fees. So far this year, OSHA has found 599 cases nationwide have warranted total initial penalties of $40,000 or more, with a total of more than $54 million put together, according to the agency’s online database, accessed Tuesday. Those initial penalties are not all final, as companies can choose to contest them.

Pennsylvania employers were involved in 20 of those cases totaling about $3 million in initial penalties, according to the database. Violations include on-the-job fatalities, outdated equipment and improper training. The state’s largest initial penalty this year of $490,000 was issued to York, Pa.-based environmental services firm First Capital Insulation Inc. for failing to properly protect its employees while they removed asbestos from a building in Harrisburg. The company is contesting the fine.

By law, penalty money collected by OSHA goes to a general Treasury Department fund, not directly to OSHA activities. Mr. Michaels told a House workforce protections committee in 2010 that “unscrupulous employers often consider it more cost effective to pay the minimal OSHA penalty and continue to operate an unsafe workplace than to correct the underlying health and safety problem.” Current penalties range from a few thousand dollars for an “other-than-serious” violation to a maximum of $70,000 for a “willful” violation. It’s a price that, even though they often completely disagree with a citation from OSHA, businesses will pay because it’s easier than contesting, said James Curtis, a labor and employment lawyer with Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw LLP. “Whether the citations are correct or incorrect, a lot of employers view it as a cost of doing business in [the] U.S.,” Mr. Curtis said.

Martin Saunders, an employment lawyer with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Canonsburg, said businesses here are likely to view higher fines as an emphasis on penalizing, rather than cooperating with, employers to abate unsafe working conditions. “With the fines being increased, OSHA may find that it will be spending a lot more time in hearings,” Mr. Saunders said. “Employers will be more likely to fight a citation than go along with a reduced fine.” Particularly vulnerable to an increase in penalties are small to midsize employers that oversee inherently dangerous workplaces — construction, manufacturing, mining, utilities, and oil and gas extraction.

Brian Turmail, senior executive director of public affairs for the Associated General Contractors of America, the trade association for construction contractors, said higher fines are a reality his members will accept. But he said construction companies are frustrated to see more money being spent on fines when they want more guidance on how to handle pressing safety issues, such as the severe labor shortage that is putting more inexperienced workers on hazardous work sites. In 2014, the construction industry accounted for one-fifth of all workplace fatalities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. OSHA should direct its efforts away from a “cops-and-robbers approach” and place more emphasis on education and preventative measures to help employers comply with complex regulations, he said. “There’s this real misconception the amount you fine equals your success rate,” Mr. Turmail said. “When you understand the point of an agency like OSHA — which is to work with employers and employees around the country to make sure they’re never exposed to harmful conditions — how much you fine is actually a measure of your failure.”

Mr. Michaels said in his 2010 testimony an increase was needed to bring OSHA fines in line with what other federal agencies are allowed to assess. He noted the U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorized to fine milk processors up to $130,000 for failing to pay their part to help advertise and research their products. The Federal Communications Commission can fine a TV or radio station up to $325,000 for indecent content. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can impose a penalty of $270,000 for violations of the Clean Air Act. Meanwhile, the maximum penalty OSHA can charge for a willful violation — even one that results in the death of a worker — is $70,000. If the maximum amount is increased, the new penalty cap will be $124,709. In a written statement, Jordan Barab, OSHA deputy assistant secretary, said the agency’s “current penalties are clearly not strong enough to provide adequate incentives, and some employers see them as simply the ‘cost of doing business.’ ” “OSHA appreciates Congress’ recognition of this challenge and we are closely studying this recently passed legislation to see how it can best be used to enhance the protection of American workers,” Mr. Barab said.


OSHA fines PA contractor $62K for 3rd serious violation OSHA fines PA contractor $62K
Brief:The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Kinzers, PA, contractor Rockvale Construction $61,600 for a third instance of serious worksite hazards at a multifamily housing project in Temple, PA. OSHA cited Rockvale with two willful violations for its "failure to properly attach the forklift platform to the forks of the forklift and ensure employees were protected from fall hazards while working from the forklift platform and the roof.

"According to OSHA, this is the third time since 2013 the agency has cited Rockvale Construction for exposing employees to serious fall hazards in Temple.
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Insight: OSHA has also placed Rockvale into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates follow-up inspections. "Despite previous citations, this company continues to disregard the safety standards in place to protect workers from falls, which are the leading cause of death in the construction industry," said Kevin Kilp, OSHA's area director in Harrisburg. Falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction and consistently top OSHA’s Top 10 job site violations.

OSHA recently fined a North Dakota contractor for three willful safety violations in connection with a worker fall from a forklift platform, resulting in serious injury. The agency also fined Texas contractors $47,000 for failing to provide adequate protection after a worker died in a fall from a forklift.

This week, a "little-noticed" provision in the budget bill signed by President Obama raised federal OSHA fines for workplace safety violations for the first time in 25 years. The measure — which brings penalties in line with inflation increases since 1990 — also requires future OSHA and state agency penalty hikes to continue to rise with inflation. That fine increase would have a huge impact on the construction industry, as construction fatalities accounted for 20.6% of all total private industry fatalities last year, according to the BLS.


Construction groups and OSHA partner to protect workers at sites in Georgia and Pennsylvania
OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program provides opportunities for OSHA to partner with employers, workers, professional or trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders. Strategic Partnerships are designed to eliminate serious hazards and enhance workplace safety and health practices in major corporations, government agencies, at large construction projects and private sector industries.
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Holder Construction Co. and The Georgia Institute of Technology - Occupational Safety and Health Programs Office entered into a strategic partnership to protect workers from hazards during the second and third construction phases of the State Farm at Park Center project in Atlanta. For more information, see the news release.

Mascaro Construction Company and the Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council entered into a strategic partnership to protect workers during renovation of West Wing Patient Tower at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.


State Board of Crane Operators

The State Board of Crane Operators regulates the practice, licensure and registration of crane operators in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in order to safeguard life, health and property and promote the general welfare. The Board also registers trainees. The functions of the Board include investigating, approving or disapproving crane operator applications for those desiring to be licensed in Pennsylvania.


OSHA investigating crane construction death at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a construction worker on Penn State's main campus. The Centre Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1JTKXAQ ) reports 29-year-old Jerod Chapman died when he was struck by the crane on Friday.

The Uniontown man worked for Maccabee Industrial of Belle Vernon, and was working to break down the crane so it could be moved when another worker reportedly did something that prompted the crane to hit Chapman. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating Maccabee; Maxim Crane Works, another subcontractor; and P. J. Dick, the contractor in charge of the construction project. A P.J. Dick spokesman says the contractor has suspended work at the site while it also investigates, and is cooperating with the OSHA probe.


Crane Operator Licensing: Pennsylvania
Since November 2008, crane operators in Pennsylvania have required a license issued by the state. Under the provisions of House Bill 647, approved by the Pennsylvania state legislature, crane operators had until 2010 to comply with the new regulation. The bill covers operators of most mobile cranes of 15 tons capacity and above, as well as tower cranes of 10 metric tons or more.

Under the terms of the rule, an individual may not operate a crane, nor offer himself or herself for employment as a crane operator, unless licensed by the state. Crane licensing categories include, but are not limited to, tower crane, lattice boom crawler, lattice boom truck, telescopic boom (rotating control station) and telescopic boom (fixed control station).
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Unlike crane operator requirements in many other states, Pennsylvania's licensing law is not limited to construction activities. However, excluded are cranes used in coal mining, long shoring or manufacturing operations. Also not covered are digger derricks, forklifts, bucket trucks and tow trucks.

A central requirement for licensure is certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) or other organizations meeting the applicable ASME standard and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Trainees may operate cranes so long as they have passed a written examination by an organization such as NCCCO and are under the immediate supervision of a crane operator. For a one-year period only, individuals may be licensed if they pass the NCCCO practical exam or can document to the Pennsylvania State Board of Crane Operators' satisfaction at least five years' experience specific to the type of crane for which they are seeking licensure. All of the first 204 applications the state board received in October 2010 were received from operators who had been CCO-certified by the NCCCO.


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