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New Licensing Requirements To Take Effect For NYC Crane Operators

FILE - Construction is under way on two buildings on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

FILE – Construction is under way on two buildings on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Crane operators will now have pass specially designed tests to meet stricter safety requirements.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

The new, tougher licensing requirements for crane operators in New York City mean all will have to pass national tests and retake those tests every five years.

“They are put together and updated frequently and they also are specialized so you have tests for specific types of crane equipment,” said Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway. “Right now, it’s a one size fits all test.”

The new rules also demand that all crane operators in New York take a 40-hour course on the city’s regulations and construction environment and meet precisely outlined levels of experience.

The new rules take effect May 26. Crane operators who don’t meet the new requirements have until July 1, 2013 to be certified.

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