Crane operator evaluations is one of many services offered by CICB to the wind-energy sector.
Crane Operator Evaluations Overview
Evaluations invariably take place onsite before the first lift is made for the construction, maintenance or decommissioning of a wind farm.
These comprehensive, OSHA-mandated reviews of the crane operators typically take 1 hour per person.
The final result of the evaluation is a pass or fail, ensuring your materials will be picked safely.
For on-site evaluations on your equipment, call us at 800-327-1386
Why do I need Crane Operator Evaluations?
In February 2019 OSHA introduced the mandate that employers evaluate every operator to ensure they are qualified.
The ruling is recorded under the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard in 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC.
It establishes that it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that each Mobile Crane Operator is
(1) trained to operate the crane type(s) for which certification will be issued;
(2) has obtained certification/licensing in accordance with Subpart CC; and
(3) is evaluated by the employer to ensure each operator can safety operate the equipment that will be used.
As newer turbines break the 320ft mark and with nameplate capacity increasing into the 4-5MW range, the cranes needed for the lifts are growing. Users are reporting the need for 750 ton+ hydraulic boom cranes and lattice boom crawlers in excess of 600 tons.
Operators of cranes this size must be highly skilled, experienced and reliable.
As a contractor responsible for bringing cranes onto your jobsite, it is incumbent upon you to verify the certifications and documented evaluations of the operators.
Specifically, the operators must be evaluated and proven competent on the size and configuration of crane being used on your wind farm.
If no documentation can be shown to that effect, or if you are ever in doubt, a 3rd-party evaluation is a good option.
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