The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has made available a new CCO certification program for service truck crane operators.
Although relatively small, these cranes are still engaged in lifting operations covered by OSHA 1926 Subpart CC, which requires operators to be certified or qualified if they are involved with material delivery at construction sites, NCCCO says.
The service truck crane industry, including manufacturers, users, dealers, trainers, and labor, requested NCCCO develop the new program tailored to the needs of service truck crane operators. Representatives from these industry sectors, as well as members of NCCCO’s Written Exam and Practical Exam Management Committees, developed the new program over the last nine months.
“I am very pleased with the finished product,” Tim Worman, product manager for commercial vehicles at Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT), Garner, IA, and a leading proponent of the new program who also participated on the Service Truck Crane Work Group, says. “The written and practical exams are challenging but appropriate for the level of knowledge and skill operators need to safely do their work. Our industry will be better off with this new tool for assessing operators’ abilities.”
A restricted version of the CCO Mobile Crane Operator Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab (TSS) certification, the new certification has the designation “TSS-STC.” Certification requirements include passing a single written exam and a practical exam similar to the TSS exam but modified to accommodate the smaller service truck cranes as well as the use of remote or pendant controls. Operators already holding CCO TSS certification do not need the TSS-STC certification to operate service truck cranes, but those holding the new TSS-STC certification are restricted to operating service truck cranes only.