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Crane Operators Face New Licensing Rules in New York City

Posted on Apr 30, 2012
Starting in May 2012, all New York City crane operators will need to meet new licensing and testing requirements, city officials announced. These new requirements come in the wake of a deadly crane accident in March that left one worker dead and four others injured. City officials say the new requirements are designed to improve safety and open the industry to more workers.
 
The new rules are opposed by New York City’s largest crane operator union, Local 14 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. They argue that new rules do not put enough emphasis on the specific skills and unique demands of safely operating a crane in New York City.
 
Among the new requirements, crane operators will need to:
  • Obtain national certification by passing exams that city officials say are "tougher" and "more modernized" than the current citywide tests
  • A 40-hour training course
  • A year of experience working in the city
 
The rules go into effect on May 26 for new applicants and July 1, 2013, for those already licensed. Licenses must be renewed every five years.
 
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Our office firmly believes in doing everything possible to ensure crane operators have the proper training and workplace conditions to protect them from any more dangerous accidents.
 
Have you been injured in a construction accident? We want you to be aware that you may be able to bring a lawsuit in addition to receiving workers' compensation benefits. If you have any questions or want to discuss a possible case, contact our qualified personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We will go over your case, answer all your questions and let you know what you can expect from the legal process.

 Photo from the New York City crane accident this past March that left one dead and four injured

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