Private sector employers in Massachusetts are regulated under the federal occupational safety rules for cranes and derricks in construction. The state does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for private sector employers; however, the state has adopted its own requirements for the licensing of hoisting equipment operators in construction work.
The state may investigate public sector (county and municipal government) workplaces to ensure compliance with its policy that public sector employers must follow federal workplace safety and health rules.
The state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security administers the hoisting equipment operator licensing requirements.
Operators of hoisting equipment (including derricks, cableways, machinery used for discharging cargoes, and temporary elevator cars used on excavation work or used for hoisting building material) must obtain a license to operate where the height of the lift exceeds 10 feet or the weight of the load exceeds 500 pounds or the capacity of the bucket exceeds 1/4 cubic yard capacity. Hoisting operators must be at least 18 years of age, complete an application, and successfully pass an examination covering all working parts of the hoisting machinery, safe operating practices, hand signals, and inspection procedures in order to obtain a license.
See the state’s hoisting website for more information about hoisting operator requirements.