State proposes tougher crane rules
- by Kevin James Shay, Business Gazette, MD
Maryland could soon have some of the toughest regulations of crane operators in the nation.
The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has proposed regulations that would require not just crane operators, but riggers and signal people, to complete training equivalent to a nationally recognized certification program. Cranes must also be inspected daily when used and undergo a more rigorous annual inspection.
Riggers attach loads to cranes, while signal workers guide operators with verbal or hand signals as loads are moved.
The proposal follows major accidents in Maryland, including one in April in which a construction worker died after being crushed in a crane above a building site near Annapolis. Nationally, other accidents involving cranes this year have resulted in the deaths of multiple workers in New York and Miami.