The Cal/OSHA Crane Unit works under the 7370-7384 code of the Labor Code. It includes:
Tower cranes – The unit provides permits to contractors who wish to erect and operate tower cranes to:
Ensure that the dismantling, climbing and erection all are carried out safely.
Ensuring that all crane operators are aware of safety orders as per Title 8 of crane safety standards.
Ensuring that all crane operators understand that they need to remain in touch with the Crane Unit when a tower crane is in operation, is being scaled or dismantled. The same should be the case if those tower cranes are operated in different locations.
Ensuring that all work sites that have tower cranes are inspected on a regular basis.
Certification agencies – all licensed certification agencies should examine all of the tower cranes and derricks that are used to life weights that are more than 3 tons.
You can ask for a copy for a list of certified companies by contacting the Crane Unit or you can search online to see if they are licensed or not.
The Crane Unit also:
- Conducts regulation evaluations of cranes at work sites
- Provides Cal/OSHA support when it comes to crane safety and;
- Researches accidents involving cranes in California.
Cal/OSHA is also responsible for ensuring that all mobile and fixed tower cranes operating in the state are inspected and fixed in 10 business days after they receive a requirement for a permit. The regulatory body does this at least twice in a year and also examines self erecting, freestanding and climbing cranes.
However, you need to inform them at least 24 hours before a crane is scheduled to begin operations, is set to be dismantled and jumped.
The role of crane certifiers
Crane certifiers are anyone who is tasked with testing, evaluating and certifying cranes that provide a lifting service for 3 ton weights or more. Before you can become one, you need to acquire certification from Cal/OSHA first or you need to be approved by them as a surveyor of cranes under the supervision of a licensed crane certifier.
Surprise audits of certifiers and surveyors of cranes are conducted by Cal/OSHA once during their licensing duration. This also includes in-depth investigations of complaints and crane accidents that are reported by workers. For this purpose, all certified crane operators have to keep a record of each crane or derrick that is operated or tested.
This also includes making Cal/OSHA aware of all things that can make an unsafe work environment to operate a crane in. This should be done in 5 days after the inspection turns up deficiencies and a failure to do so can result in license revocation or suspension.
You can contact the Crane Unit to do the following:
- Applying for a permit or a license to operate a crane
- Acquire information about operating a crane in the state safely
- Giving required notifications
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Cal/OSHA or DOSH’s main role is to ensure that all workers in the state of California have a safe workplace. It does this by enforcing safety standards on all employers and makes them accountable for them as well. This also includes education and outreach training programs that can keep workers informed about their rights and which can keep employers on their toes.
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