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49 Pa. Code § 6.42. Impaired operation of a crane and reportable conditions, incidents or events.

§ 6.42. Impaired operation of a crane and reportable conditions, incidents or events.

 (a)  A crane operator or trainee may not operate a crane if, by reason of physical or mental impairment, the crane operator or trainee cannot reasonably be expected to operate a crane safely or engage in the operation of a crane safely.

 (b)  A crane operator or trainee shall report to the lift director of the crane which the crane operator or trainee has been employed to operate, or has been retained to operate as an independent contractor, any physical or mental impairment that may reasonably be expected to affect the operation of a crane.

 (c)  If, in addition to acting as the crane operator, the licensee fulfills the function of a lift director, or another role required under applicable ASME B 30 volumes, the crane operator shall report to a responsible person, such as the property owner, prime contractor, project manager, project superintendent or other person in charge of the premises on which the crane shall be operated, any physical or mental impairment that may reasonably be expected to affect the operation of a crane.

 (d)  If a crane operator or trainee files a claim for workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, or for disability benefits under any other policy or program, or commences an action seeking compensation for personal injuries, the crane operator or trainee shall, contemporaneously with the commencement of the claim or action, provide the Board with a copy of the document commencing the claim or action.

 (e)  If a crane operator or trainee obtains a diagnosis or opinion from a licensed health care practitioner that the crane operator or trainee is subject to a physical, mental or other condition lasting more than 30 days and that may reasonably be expected to affect the operation of a crane, the crane operator or trainee shall notify the Board, in writing within 10 days, of the name of the licensed health care practitioner who provided the opinion, the condition or impairment that has been diagnosed or the opinion that has been rendered, and the prognosis for the condition.

 (f)  A crane operator shall report in writing to the Board criminal proceedings in a court case against the crane operator within 10 days of the institution of the criminal proceedings. The written report of criminal proceedings under this subsection must include the jurisdiction in which the proceedings have been instituted, the docket number, offense tracking number or other number identifying the criminal proceeding, and the offense or offenses with which the crane operator has been charged. A court case means a case in which one or more of the offenses charged is a misdemeanor, felony, or murder of the first, second, or third degree.

 (g)  An individual will not be authorized to operate a crane as a trainee if criminal proceedings in a court case have been instituted against that person, unless the individual has petitioned the Board for leave to be authorized to act as a trainee, and the Board has granted the person’s petition.

Cross References

   This ssection cited in 49 Pa. Code §  6.44 (relating to standards of conduct, disciplinary action, suspension and revocation); and 49 Pa. Code §  43b.28 (relating to schedule of civil penalties—crane operators).



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