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Crane Operation

ISA has released a new Mobile Crane Operator Evaluation template form. This new member resource is designed to assist in the employer’s obligation to evaluate the competency of the crane operator and their ability to work safely.

Many ISA members will recall OSHA’s 2010 implementation of the “Cranes and Derricks In Construction” rule. This rule required updated certifications and improved work practices for cranes used in Construction industries. Much of the attention placed on complying with this new rule dealt with provisions requiring crane operator “certification” or licensing; these provisions took effect in November 2018.

At about the same time that operator certification requirements were taking effect, OSHA announced that certain interim provisions (temporarily in effect until 2018) would be made permanent. Employer “evaluation” may be the most significant of these new requirements.

These crane operator evaluations can be performed in house, by a knowledgeable, experienced employee who is qualified to assess others. Or these evaluations can be performed by a third party. (Many firms that offer crane certification training or inspections also offer operator evaluation services. Some leading training firms will travel to your shop site and estimate that each employee evaluation can be completed in approx. one hour per employee, if the employee demonstrates adequate knowledge and ability.)


Employer Evaluation Form - Mobile Crane Operator Qualification

As of February 2019, employers in construction industries must ensure that each operator demonstrates:

  • The skills, knowledge, and judgment necessary to operate the equipment safely, including those specific to the safety devices, operational aids, software, and the size and configuration of the equipment.
  • The ability to perform the hoisting activities required for assigned work, including, if applicable, blind lifts, personnel hoisting, and multi-crane lifts.

This evaluation must be conducted by an individual who has the knowledge, training, and experience necessary to assess equipment operators.

Once the evaluation is completed successfully, the employer may allow the operator to operate other equipment that the employer can demonstrate does not require substantially different skills, knowledge, or judgment to operate.

The employer must document the completion of the evaluation. This document must be available at the worksite.

When an employer is required to provide an operator with retraining, the employer must re-evaluate the operator with respect to the subject of the retraining.

Please review this template form that ISA has created for your use.  You can use the form in its current version. Or make it specific to your location, jobsite or equipment so that it best serves your needs. Or you can contact a third-party crane training firm to perform these evaluations.

If you have any questions about the Mobile Crane Operator Evaluation Form or the requirements of the OSHA’s crane standard, contact Kenneth Peskin at  or 703.778.8096.

Don't Miss This Recorded Webinar

Operating Your Aerial Equipment Safely and Avoiding Costly Penalties 

This session focuses on key OSHA requirements including employer responsibility to provide safe workplace (qualified training on equipment, employee evaluation, operator certification), how cranes & aerial equipment can be designed or configured to promote safe operation and compliance with OSHA requirements, and reviews training options and in-house best practices to ensure ongoing compliance.

  • Speakers: Alan Calta, Elliott Equipment; Kenny Peskin, ISA
  • Price: $10.00 for ISA members; $15.00 for non-members

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