Mandatory Tests Key to Feds' New Crane Regulations

Operators will be made to pass qualification exams in wake of fatal accidents
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2008 4:24 PM CDT
A collapsed crane is visible within the LyondellBasell Houston Refinery, July 18, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Crane operators will be made to pass certification tests, the AP reports, as the US Department of Labor, reacting to a number of deadly crane accidents this year, moved to make written and performance assessments mandatory in every state. In the first update since 1971, the tests will measure safety awareness, crane assembly/disassembly and operation near power lines. Only 15 states currently require crane operator qualification.