The real challenge to these standards lies in the distinction between OSHA’s rationale that the crane standards change depending on the task you’re engaged in. So the crane in question is exempt when performing some tasks because they fall under 1910.180. BUT when the crane is used for any task that OSHA identifies as “construction,” the crane falls under OSHA Subpart CC. Cranes that fall under Subpart CC must be operated by an accredited crane operator.
Also, in the event of an accident, OSHA has a tendency to cite the company under Subpart CC and then lets the chips fall where they may in the informal hearing or subsequent lawsuit.
Don’t risk your company being cited by OSHA. Be compliant and get your crane operators certified through one of Cranes101 nationally accredited crane operator certification programs.