Virginia hoisting license information

Virginia 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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Virginia cites Georgia Pacific after hazards cost worker’s life
The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program issued $84,000 in penalties to Georgia Pacific in Big Island for safety violations discovered after a fatal incident in November.
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VOSH inspectors determined that the company had removed a nip roll guard from a floor opening, and six days later, a worker servicing a paper machine fell through the unguarded hole into a pulp tank and drowned. VOSH inspectors issued citations to the company for two serious and one willful violations.

What Type of Crane Operator Training Programs Are Available?
Many schools offer crane operator training programs designed to help you earn crane operator certification or improve your skills on the job. You may choose to enroll in a training program for one or more of the types of commonly used cranes, which include swing cab, fixed cab and lattice boom cranes. Some schools offer crane operator recertification programs if you're already a skilled crane operator but need recertification.
If you plan to work around power lines with cranes or heavy equipment, rigging and signalperson training is also recommended. In addition to training programs, some community colleges and vocational schools also offer individual courses on crane operation and safety. The training programs meet the regulatory safety requirements set by OSHA.

As a successful graduate of crane operator training programs, you'll have the knowledge and skills required to safely operate and maintain cranes. Although employees leaving their jobs may open up some positions, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stated that material moving occupations would see little employment growth from 2008-2018 ( As of 2009, crane operators earned an annual median wage of $44,140.

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