Through the Alliance, the organizations will provide CCO certificants and the public with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect workers by reducing and preventing exposure to Focus Four hazards and addressing crane safety issues (e.g., safety in lift zones), and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

The goals of the Alliance include:

Raising Awareness: Outreach and Communication

  • Share information on OSHA's National Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, Outreach), and opportunities to participate in initiatives and the rulemaking process.
  • Collaborate to develop education and information sharing around "Focus Four" hazards that are present during the life cycle of crane operation and communicate such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA, CCO, NCCCO Foundation, and Alliance websites) to employers and workers in the industry. Ensure information developed encourages and reflects the diversity of the workforce and are accessible in multiple languages and formats.
  • Communicate industry alerts to certificant crane operators (also called candidate base segments) through print and electronic media, other electronic assistance tools, and social media.
  • Encourage crane industry participation in and support of OSHA events and programs such as National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.
  • Convene roundtable discussions or stakeholder meetings on crane industry safety to help forge innovative solutions for the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
  • Provide opportunities for OSHA to speak and participate in crane industry meetings and events such as the NCCCO Foundation's annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications.
  • Explore the benefits of and opportunities to raise awareness of resources and tools that will assist operators in efforts to comply with OSHA regulations.
  • Share information on OSHA load handling regulations and enforcement such as certification and evaluation requirements.
  • Develop surveys of key safety and regulatory information for candidate base segments and share survey information. Share candidate base demographic data, information, and trends.
  • Encourage CCO key test sites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to promote crane safety and awareness.
  • Identify and coordinate opportunities for the training of OSHA compliance staff focused on operator qualification, certification standards and crane job-site responsibilities as well as equipment demonstrations or innovations.
  • Encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by engaging with crane industry experts, including but not limited to representatives from CCO, NCCCO Foundation, and International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) to ensure that resources and training materials/programs developed and offered through this alliance are designed and are made available in appropriate languages to equitably meet the needs of their target audiences.

Training and Education

  • Develop effective training and education programs for the crane industry regarding Focus Four hazards and/or crane safety issues, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • Develop effective training and education programs/tools for the crane industry to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.