Crane and Rigging

On average, Crane Operators spend only one to two hours of on-duty time each trip driving a crane to and from a job site; however, operators have multiple periods of unscheduled breaks when they are basically “at rest” or “on break.” Other examples of situations that could extend the anticipated workday beyond normal operating hours and into the infraction of the 14-hour condition of the HOS regulation include:
  • waiting for the scheduled time of the lift
  • waiting for the item to be rigged
  • waiting for the item to be lifted to arrive on the jobsite
  • jobsite delays extending the time on the site before driving the roadways then traffic delay issues returning to the yard
  • mechanical breakdowns requiring a service technician that’s 2-3 hours of down time waiting on repairs
  • weather delays

SC&RA Working Positions

SC&RA requested a limited exemption for crane operators from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) HOS regulation (HOS) regulation for commercial drivers. SC&RA specifically requested exemption “on behalf of individuals who operate cranes with a rated lifting capacity of greater than 30 tons, who engage in specialized training and certification.”

As a result of the Crane exemption request - All qualifying motor carriers and drivers operating mobile cranes with a rated lifting capacity of greater than 30 tons are exempt from the 30-minute break provision.

The Agency subsequently denied SC&RA’s further request for exemption from the 14-hour driving window of the HOS rules citing: “The absence of this limit would allow drivers to operate without any restriction on the length of their duty day. The risk that safety would deteriorate in the absence of this requirement is high.”  

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