As of today there are no licensing requirements to operate a Crane in South Carolina. Please note this could change at any time. Below are three links that can help keep you up to date for any changes to the Sate laws.
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
Southern Crane Restores Honor at South Carolina Capitol
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The broken bearing atop South Carolina’s Capitol flag pole spun wildly, tangling the national and state symbols that fly above. Neither flag could be raised or lowered. Enter Southern Crane, which came to the rescue at the Columbia Capitol building recently when Capitol officials realized the flags atop the 186-foot pole could not be moved.
The need for repair was urgent as flags are lowered at half-staff to honor South Carolina soldiers killed in the line of duty. Sadly, three soldiers were killed in June. This was a job for Southern Crane’s Liebherr LTM 1160-5.1, dubbed “The Bear,” whose powerful 203-feet of main boom and 141-foot jib could easily reach the 190-foot radius needed to lift crews to the flagpole’s peak at 186 feet.
Construction crane flips over at West Ashley site
A crane flipped over into a building under construction in West Ashley Thursday afternoon.
The incident occurred at a construction site along Charlie Hall Boulevard shortly after 1 p.m. No injuries were reported.
According to the site's manager, the building under construction is future office space, but no tenant has been named at this point.
Officials on the scene say two other cranes will be brought in to lift the fallen crane Thursday afternoon. One lane of Charlie Hall Boulevard will be closed temporarily while the crane is pulled upright, a construction site manager said.
*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.