New York City has turned-over to a private group the testing for some crane licenses. See The New York Times story.
Licenses for the lower level license, Class C Hoist Machine Operator, such as the one pictured here, will be handled by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. The test for mobile crane operator includes both a written part and a practical part. Licenses for higher level cranes, such as tower cranes and larger mobile cranes, may be administered eventually by this organization, a nationally recognized non-profit group which promulgates standards for safety and operation of cranes.
We applaud this development. The Department of Buildings is beginning to clean house after the disastrous crane accidents this last spring. In the wake of the accidents it was discovered that a Building Department inspector was taking bribes to pass applicants for the crane licensing test.
If you have had a construction accident involving a crane or other construction equipment, please feel free to contact us at 800-581-1434.
Mark E. Seitelman, 10/7/08, www.seitelman.com.