North Carolina hoisting license information

North Carolina State Hoisting License Requirements

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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Crane Accident Kills One Worker, Injures Another
One worker was killed and another seriously injured in a crane accident after both fell off the West Seattle Bridge in Washington state. The Seattle Times reports a passing truck driver struck the boom lift, later insisting he didn’t see any traffic control markings, such as cones, barriers or a flagger in the moments before the crash. The two men were reportedly contractors, which can sometimes muddy the question of workers’ compensation benefits. Independent contractors are generally not eligible for benefits from the general contractor, but it will depend on the agreement between the two entities and which company purchased benefits.
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If another contractor or the general contractor was responsible for establishing proper traffic controls on this site, it’s entirely possible too that the victims/ surviving family could additionally pursue a third-party action for negligence, which could further increase the compensation to which they are entitled. A second action might be plausible against the truck driver/ employer, a mushroom farm delivery driver.

News reports of this incident are that the 40-year-old decedent fell approximately 50 feet, landing on the roadway underneath the bridge deck, according to police. He was transported to the hospital and later died. The second worker, a 57-year-old man, fell approximately 15 feet. He had to undergo surgery, but was in satisfactory condition as of the report.

Police investigators will still trying to ascertain whether the box truck hit the elevated basket itself or the arm of the basket. The truck driver underwent a series of field sobriety tests at the scene, which is routine when there is a fatal traffic accident, and police have not given any indication that intoxication is believed to have been a factor.

A spokeswoman for the mushroom farm said the driver saw no traffic control devices and has a track record as a very safe driver. She insisted the company prides itself on safety and regularly holds driver training sessions. The two construction workers in this case worked for a contractor responsible for installing rods and other equipment that keep the bridge from cracking and crumbling in the event of an earthquake.

Investigators with the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) will be looking carefully at whether proper traffic control devices were in place and also whether the two workers were abiding all relevant safety precautions.

How to Become a Heavy Equipment Operator in North Carolina
Heavy equipment operators are in high demand, and the state of North Carolina is no exception. Expanding populations and a desire for new construction ensure that equipment operators have steady work and a variety of jobs to choose from. Becoming a heavy equipment operator in North Carolina is not a difficult process as long as you have the proper qualifications and a desire to work.

  • Take a course in heavy equipment operation. Many trade schools now offer courses in machinery operation that will give you a head start on your career in heavy equipment operation. You will learn how to run a wide variety of machinery such as loaders, bulldozers, backhoes and excavators that will come in handy as you look for a job running equipment.
  • Contact the North Carolina Department of Transportation to make sure that there are no current restrictions that would prevent you from operating heavy equipment in the state. Certain types of licenses or citation can prevent you from legally operating equipment in North Carolina, so be sure you are legal
  • Become proficient in operating smaller pieces of machinery. Working with and gaining experience on smaller machines such as small backhoes and simple loaders will allow you to become familiar with how to operate the larger and more complex machines down the line.
  • Work your way up to experience on more difficult pieces of equipment as you gain experience and become more comfortable with larger machinery. Looking for employment as a general equipment operator will give you the chance to work on many different machines and become skilled at a variety of equipment.
  • Check state opportunities. Many state organizations offer excellent training and employment in heavy equipment operation, and can be an excellent tool for gaining more experience and knowledge as a heavy equipment operator in North Carolina. The North Carolina Office of Personnel keeps a current listing of available heavy equipment operator positions and has information handy on how to apply for them.