Louisiana to Require Crane Operators
to be Licensed
November 2008 – Crane operators in Louisiana will be required to be licensed by the state under the provisions of a bill approved by the legislature, October 8. Crane operators would have until 2010 to comply with the new law.
House Bill 647, which passed unanimously in the Senate and overwhelmingly in the House, covers operators of most mobile cranes of 15 tons capacity and above, as well as tower cranes of 10 meter tons or more. Under the terms of the rule, an individual may not operate a crane, nor offer himself for employment as a crane operator, unless licensed by the state.
A central requirement for licensure is certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) or other organization meeting the applicable ASME standard and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Crane licensing categories include, but are not limited to, tower crane, lattice boom crawler, lattice boom truck, telescopic boom (rotating control station), and telescopic boom (fixed control station).
Unlike crane operator requirements in many other states, the licensing law in Louisiana is not limited to construction activities. However, excluded are cranes used in coal mining, longshoring or manufacturing operations. Also not covered are digger derricks, forklifts, bucket trucks and tow trucks.
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