The US National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has introduced a new CCO certification programme for service truck crane operators.
Service truck cranes are widely used for propane delivery, mining, and heavy equipment assembly, repair, and service, as well as by local municipalities’ service workers. 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.
The new programme was developed at the request of the service truck crane industry, and is tailored to the unique needs of this niche market. A work group made up of industry and NCCCO members spent nine months creating the programme.
The new certification has the designation TSS-STC, as it is a restricted version of the CCO Mobile Crane Operator Telescopic Boom — Fixed Cab (TSS) certification.
Certification requirements include passing a 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.