May 2012 - Crane operators wanting to work in West Virginia still need to obtain CCO crane operator certification following the passage of a bill that maintains a decade-old state requirement.
The state also ruled that only accreditation of a certification body by the American National Standards Association (ANSI) is acceptable, dismissing an appeal by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for “equivalency” status. The NCCCO mobile crane certification program is accredited by both ANSI and NCCA..
On April 2, 2012, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill designed to update the state’s existing crane operator licensure law to match approaching federal standards. H.B. 4422 received strong support in both houses of the state’s legislature and will become effective on June 8, 2012.
One of the biggest changes contained in the bill is the lowering of the maximum rated capacity threshold. Operators of cranes in construction with a maximum rated capacity above 2,000 lbs. are now required to obtain a state license. This is a significant reduction from the previous 10,000 lbs. and matches federal construction standards.
While the bill makes small but important changes to existing state law, it also serves to reiterate the state’s commitment to higher crane operator safety standards by maintaining the requirement for CCO certification as well as ANSI accreditation. Also retained are the provisions for applicants for the state license to pass the appropriate NCCCO written exams.