Osha is proposing a 3 year extension of the time line for certification of crane operators. Please don’t wait until the deadline is here to become certified. We will be holding prep classes this fall and another in the winter.

Mass Dot CDL Self-Certification Form

Department of Transportation will require all commercial driver license holders to fill out a CDL form. Holders of a CDL license must complete a CDL self certification form by January 30, 2014. This form gives the registry your medical certificate expiration date. This form must be submitted, if not your CDL will be changed to a standard passenger enforcement. Renewal certificates must also be submitted before the expiration date supplied in that form. If not submitted, your CDL endorsement will be returned to a class D passenger endorsement. This form can be downloaded on the registry website.

MA Department of Public Safety inspectors are on jobs checking hoisting licenses. Operators must carry with them a valid hoisting license, DOT physical card and drivers license when in a machine. The department can assess fines if you violate this or any other regulation.

The law also states anyone in the seat of a piece of moving equipment must be licensed. This includes a mechanic testing the machine or a truck driver loading or unloading a machine. Hoisting license classes are offered at the training school.

Anyone working in the state of Connecticut is required to have completed OSHA-10 training within 5 years. There are many companies having this requirement in their safety programs. We are offering 2 OSHA-10 classes this winter to make employment easier for you.

The Training Fund recently purchased a Volvo EC 55 excavator. This machine has switchable controls so if you need to brush up on another control pattern it is here for your use as a member of Local 98.

This winter Local 98 training will be offering many classes that can lead to more employment to our members. Changes in the OSHA crane standard require qualified signal person and qualified riggers. These changes have been in effect since November 2010. Certified crane operators will be required in 2014. This certification will be required in all states, even those without a crane license such as Vermont and New Hampshire. Please do not wait until the last minute to obtain these requirements. A reminder to any member that may be working in Connecticut, your OSHA 10 card must be dated within 5 years to be employed in that state. If you have any questions about the classes offered or any training need you may have please contact the training school.

If you have a need for any type of training please contact the training school. If a class is not currently being offered, you will be put on a waiting list. These lists will be used to plan future classes. The training fund recently purchased a Volvo 170 rubber tire excavator. Many contractors are looking for operators experienced on rubber tire machines. The machines at the training school are available for all members, journeymen and apprentices. Take advantage of them and add to your skills.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety is currently backlogged and running a few months behind with license renewal and new applications. Please check your expiration date on your hoisting license and send the renewal as early as possible. DPS stated if you sent your renewal in for your license and have not received your new license, carry a copy of the check that you sent to DPS for renewal until your new license is sent to you. A current Medical Card is also required to obtain a Hoisting License.

OSHA Training and Standards

OSHA IS LOOKING MORE CLOSELY AT HAZWOPER REFRESHER DATES. PLEASE LOOK AT THE MONTH STAMPED ON YOUR CARD. REFRESHERS MUST BE COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE THE MONTH STAMPED ON YOUR CARD TO STAY CURRENT.

OSHA FORKLIFT TRAINING IS VALID FOR 3 YEARS. IT IS REQUIRED ON ANY FORKLIFT OR MATERIAL HANDLER ALONG WITH THE PROPER STATE LICENSE. THE STATE REQUIRES ALL WORKERS TO ATTEND OSHA 10 CLASSES EVERY 5 YEARS.

THE NEW OSHA CRANE STANDARD REQUIRES QUALIFIED SIGNAL PERSON AND QUALIFIED RIGGERS AS OF 11-8-2010. OPERATOR CERTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED IN 2014. THERE WILL BE A NCCCO COURSE AND EXAM THIS WINTER. THIS MEETS THE OSHA REQUIREMENT FOR OPERATORS. NCCCO EXAM APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED 4 WEEKS BEFORE THE EXAM. PLEASE CONTACT THE TRAINING SCHOOL TO RESERVE A PLACE IN THIS CLASS. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL 2014 FOR THIS CERTIFICATION. THESE QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS CAN BE REQUIRED EARLIER BY AN EMPLOYER. YOU WILL NOT BE EMPLOYABLE WITHOUT THEM. THIS AFFECTS ALL STATES, IN ONES WITH OR WITHOUT CRANE LICENSES. CERTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED IN MASSACHUSETTS, NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT.

WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF STORM RELATED WORK IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS. OSHA 7600 COULD BE REQUIRED ON THOSE TYPE OF PROJECTS, SIGN UP FOR THAT COURSE SO THAT YOU DON’T LOSE EMPLOYMENT IN THE FUTURE FOR THAT TYPE OF WORK.

OPERATION OF A TELESCOPIC MATERIAL HANDLERS REQUIRES BOTH MA 1C HOISTING LICENSE AND OSHA FORKLIFT TRAINING CARD. MANY OF THESE JOBS ARE HARD TO FILL DUE TO MEMBERS NOT HAVING THE CORRECT CERTIFICATIONS.

Additional Training Information

If you have other training needs, please call the Training School for more information.

  • Members must call the training school to register for class at least 3 days before the start of class.  Members who have not called will not be eligible for that class.  Local 98 Training School: 413-548-9508
  • All Classes start at 8AM
  • Classes will be canceled if minimum attendance is not met
  • Your name and phone number are required in case of cancellation
  • We are trying to form a 40 hour asbestos license class this winter. Please call the Training School if interested.  Class will not be held without interest.

The training school is available to the members so you can increase your skills and marketability. We can schedule one on one training to meet your needs. Call for training or license upgrades. Your name and phone number is needed in case of cancelation.

Apprentice training will be held on almost every other Saturday. (call to confirm)

If you want to spend time at the training site for other types of training please call to reserve a spot.

Local 98 Training Center – (413) 548-9508