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New Crane Safety Regulations Effective Today

 

BALTIMORE (April 6, 2009) – Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas E. Perez and Labor and Industry Commissioner Ronald DeJuliis announced that new regulations designed to better protect workers and ensure the safety of crane operations take effect today.

The new regulations are among the strictest in the nation, and are the result of recommendations made by a crane safety task force convened by Commissioner DeJuliis last year. The task force was comprised of a cross section of industry, labor and regulatory representatives and was charged with developing a strategy to increase training levels for crane operators, operator trainees, riggers and signal people.

“Maryland workers deserve to have the confidence of knowing that their worksites are safe, and that the state is doing everything in its power to ensure their well being,” Governor Martin O’Malley said. “I applaud Commissioner DeJuliis for convening the stakeholders and helping to gain approval for safety regulations that can serve as a model for other states.”

“Recent accidents across the country have demonstrated the risks involved with crane operation, and show the need for stringent requirements to protect the safety of all workers,” Commissioner DeJuliis said. “Maryland’s new regulations will ensure only those with the proper training and qualifications will be involved in crane operations.”

The new regulations do not require certification, but do require specified training levels for those involved in crane operations, and require employers to keep training records. They also require daily inspections of crane equipment.

“We have an obligation to ensure the safety and health of all workers across Maryland and to continue to strive for better protections for working men and women. These new regulations will help us fulfill that obligation,” Secretary Perez said.

While the new regulations are effective beginning today, contractors and employers to whom the regulations apply will have a transition period through the end of the calendar year, during which Maryland Occupational Safety and Health will inspect for compliance, but will not issue citations or sanction civil penalties for any violations of the new requirements. Notices of violations will be issued to help assist contractors with compliance. For more information about the new requirements, visit our website.