As of today there are no licensing requirements to operate a Crane. 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.
OSHA fines SD contractor $95K in trench collapse
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited and fined a South Dakota contractor in relation to a non-fatal May 2017 trench collapse.
OSHA alleges that Fort Pierre, SD–based First Dakota Enterprises did not provide adequate trench protection systems and did not conduct regular inspections of the 14-foot trench in question. The agency cited the company with one serious and two repeat safety violations and suggested a $95,064 fine.
Unlike many trench collapses, workers were able to clear enough debris from around the victim, allowing him to breath as rescue crews extricated him from the dirt-filled trench.
Cranes on the Rise!
They’re everywhere. If you live or work in a high rise, you might be on eye level with them. On the street, you see them soaring from construction sites. They look a little like the bird version of the same name, angling their long, graceful necks into the sky.
There are two kinds of cranes: lattice cranes, which operate from a cab on the ground, and tower cranes, which operate aloft and move up and down an elevator.
If you’re seeing more tower cranes, it’s because they take up less room in an urban environment, according to Greg Lalevee, head of Local 825, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).
When you see one of these monsters lifting a giant steel girder that swings in the breeze like Godzilla’s toothpick, you probably have the same thought I have:
*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.