Sign Installation needing a crane
Before COVID, OSHA enforcement was ramping up. Then Wham, COVID and enforcement seems to drop to zero and stays there for 2 years. On June 9, 2022, OSHA released a new compliance directive CPL 02-01-063 for cranes about operator training, certification, and evaluation. OSHA is actively looking for crane operators that are not licensed or certified. Sign companies using cranes are not normally certified, but that puts them in violation of the new requirements.
Compliance is a Problem
Getting Sign Company compliance is a problem. The California Sign Association runs certification courses. Other schools are also available. However, it is expensive and takes time. There are 2 main failures 1) Passing the written test is math dependent. Many are failing in the calculation department. Also passing this test if English is not your native language is proving difficult. First time pass rates are below 50% 2) the practical test demands a 250-pound 3-foot load through a course that requires coordinating 3 axis at the same time in a timed and precise timed test. The pass rate is also low.
What does a NCCCO Certification look like?
Each crane operator must be: Trained + Certified/Licensed + Evaluated = Qualified. The practical meaning is an NCCCO crane certification, it is good for 5 years. Does your sign company have an NCCCO certification? The best way to avoid citations by OSHA is to get the qualifications BEFORE OSHA asks.
At Signs for San Diego, we have worked with many large projects involving complex and major signs throughout Southern California. Have a project requiring a crane in mind? Get in touch with our team today for more details. We offer services to clients in San Diego and the surrounding areas.