“Lift Directors have a crucial role in safe lifting operations,” said Craig Epperson, president/CEO of CICB. “The new program will assure that Lift Directors have a thorough understanding of the technical aspects and personnel roles involved in all lifting operations.”
The six-month development of CICB’s Lift Director program was led by a technical team of industry veterans, subject matter experts and NCCCO Certified Lift Directors. The program encompasses the new OSHA Crane Rule, Subpart CC, as well as the ANSI/ASME standards that govern crane operations.
Many may have overlooked the specific OSHA requirement for Lift Directors, which became effective in November of 2010, 29 CFR Subpart CC, 1926.1432(b). The requirement states, “The multiple-crane/derrick lift must be directed by a person who meets the criteria for both a competent person and a qualified person, or by a competent person who is assisted by one or more qualified persons (lift director). The Lift Director must review the plan in a meeting with all workers who will be involved with the operation.”
ASME B30.5 defines a Lift Director as a person who “directly oversees the work being performed by a crane and the associated rigging crew.”