California Cranes and Slings laws & safety compliance analysis

California Cranes and Slings: What you need to know

California has adopted the federal workplace safety requirements for cranes and derricks in general industry and construction. The state rules apply to private and public (state and local governments) sector employers.

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The state has adopted additional rules for crane operations that are extensive and detailed.

The California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) administers and enforces the crane and derrick requirements for private and public sector workplaces in the state.

See the California crane and derrick rules at for detailed information.

See the Crane Certifier Accreditation Unit, crane certifier accreditation database at for more information about certification of crane operators.


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