Crane operator certification requirements pushed back

The deadline for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule has been extended three years by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This means the deadline is now Nov. 10, 2017.

OSHA’s extension also means the employers’ responsibility to ensure crane operators are proficient in safe practices is pushed back three years.

“During the three-year period, OSHA will address operator qualification requirements for the cranes standards including the role of operator certification,” the agency said in a recent press release. “The final cranes and derricks rule required crane operators on construction sites to meet one of four qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2014. After publishing the final rule, a number of parties raised concerns about the Standard’s requirement to certify operators by type and capacity of crane and questioned whether crane operator certification was sufficient for determining whether an operator could operate their equipment safely on a construction site.”

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Arizona may see El Nino weather this winter

Above-average sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean in August may result in El Nino weather during the late fall and winter months in Arizona. In early September, the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) stated that the chances of an El Nino were 60 to 65%. This may translate to more rain and snow throughout the Southwest.

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Combating flu season impact on business

Top health officials in Arizona are calling on state citizens to get vaccinated for the flu, according to a report from The Associated Press.

Arizona Health Services Director Will Humble told the news source that officials are testing flu specimens to determine which strains are circulating, as well as which ones may be resistant to drug treatment. Continue reading