Higher penalties for safety violations
As of Jan. 2, 2019, the Department of Labor increased OSHA civil penalties for safety violations. The changes are:
- Serious, other-than-serious and posting requirements:
- 2018 — $12,934 per violation
- 2019 — $13,260 per violation
- Failure to abate:
- 2018 — $12,934 per day beyond abatement day
- 2019 — $13,260 per day beyond abatement day
- Willful or repeated violations:
- 2018 — $129,336 per violation
- 2019 — $132,598 per violation
Revised crane operator certification requirements
In late December 2018, OSHA finalized its new crane operator qualifications and certifications safety requirements. The new rules establish operator qualification and certification provisions that employers must follow for safe crane operations.
The requirements include a combination of formal and practical instructions to help operators develop skills and knowledge related to crane operations, the ability to recognize and avoid risks, and ongoing monitoring of the operators-in-training to ensure equipment expertise. Employers must also ensure crane operators are qualified by requiring them to demonstrate necessary skills.
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