Currently, your state does not mandate a Crane Operator License. Please beware that soon you will need a Crane Operator Certificate to operate a crane if Alaska decides not to commence licensing. A growing number of jobs are now requiring Crane Operator Certification.
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Key Points of the Maryland Crane Safety Regulations - Crane Safety Task Force
The regulations are designed to prevent accidents that could cause serious injury or death related to the operation of cranes when used in construction, demolition, and maintenance.
With few exceptions, these regulations apply to all cranes and crane operations in construction, demolition, and maintenance and include erection, operation, and dismantling of tower cranes.
An employer may not require or permit an individual to operate a crane unless an individual has been trained successfully and has passed a written examination that tests the knowledge and skills necessary for safe crane operation. Additionally, every five years a crane operator must show that they have maintained the knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate a crane proficiently and safely. There are special provisions for individuals learning to become a crane operator.