There are many pitfalls to hiring an uncertified crane operator. Such a person may not have adequate experience to complete the type of job you need them to complete; however, if they lie to you about their experience then you won’t discover the truth until it’s too late. An experienced, certified crane operator will be able to handle jobs quickly, efficiently and safely, while the inexperienced operator will require more time to work and may also take unneccesary risks in the process. At the end of the day, that wasted time costs you more money for a job that may have been rashly done. Even worse, if the unlicensed crane operator causes an accident on site, insurance companies may be reluctant to compensate for the damages once they discover the operator’s lack of certification.
One example of a good type of certification to check for comes from The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. They grant a special CCO certification which is recognized in every state requiring a crane operator’s license. As an independent, third party testing agency, they evaluate crane operators and recommend the best places to get training throughout the USA.
A CCO certified crane operator is not only well-trained, but also held to a strict “no substance abuse” policy and code of ethics. These ethics include a pledge to keep the safety of all parties around the worksite a top priority at all times, and they also require crane operators to present their work experience honestly to all employers to prevent unnecessary risk in the workplace. Any certified crane operator found to be violating these conditions will lose their CCO certification.
OSHA has recently passed a law that all crane operators across the nation will be required to have official, crane operator certification by November 2014, so the hiring of unlicensed operators is soon to become obsolete.