Crane operators not required to have accreditation or licensing

Industrial, mining, construction and other worksites in Pennsylvania utilize cranes for heavy lifting among other basic operations. However, there is no agreed national standards of training for the crane operators, nor is any accreditation required by law.

Although cranes are subject to close regular inspection, as well as being governed by stringent laws covering their placement and maintenance, the operators themselves are only voluntarily accredited. According to advocacy groups from the construction industry, most operators on most major construction sites have received from training with National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.

This training is in no way required by law, and operators of both large cranes and small truck cranes may go without. As operator error has been shown to be one of the major causes of crane accidents, this may lead to crane failure and injuries to employees or bystanders.

Anyone who is hurt at a worksite because of another person's error or incompetence may be compensated by their employer. In the case of a work area such as a construction site, where multiple contractors and employers working together in the same area, it may possible that someone would be working for one employer when they were injured by the irresponsibility or malfeasance of an employee of another employer. In cases such as these, it is possible to file a claim against the offending party and their employer without affecting any existing workers' compensation claims from the injured person's employer. An attorney at law may be of help to anyone who wishes to file such a civil suit, as they can help to determine exactly what economic damage has been done and the best way to pursue redress.

Source: Reporter Newspaper, "Construction cranes: Who keeps them safe?",John Ruch, March 4, 2016

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