Crane Peer Review

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Thursday, July 23, 2020
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule 

The amendments:

 Make technical cleanups to rules governing the licensing of hoisting machine operators, as follows:

  • Sections 1 and 4 of the amendments correct a logical inconsistency in sections 104-09 and 104-23 of chapter 100 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York. The amendments prevent a misinterpretation that would prohibit some applying credits obtained on larger machinery towards obtaining more limited licenses.
  1.   Article 405 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code does not establish pre-requisite licensing in order to obtain a Class A or a Class C Hoisting Machine Operator license.
  2. Only people applying for a Class B Hoisting Machine Operator license must first be licensed as a Class A Hoisting Machine Operator. 
  3. Individuals who originally intended to get a Class A license but ultimately choose to apply for a Class C license have previously been allowed to credit experience obtained on larger Class  A    machinery in applying for the more limited Class C license.
  4. Similarly, individuals who originally intended to obtain a Class C license but ultimately choose to train on larger Class A machinery and apply for a Class A license have not been required to first obtain a Class C license. 
  • Sections 2 and 3 of the amendments remove a distinction between a certification for a tower crane and a self-erecting tower crane.  This amendment mirrors current national crane certifications, which do not distinguish between tower cranes and self-erecting tower cranes. 

Include additional rigging best practices (Sections 5 and 6). 

Make technical cleanups to rules governing cranes and derricks, as follows:

  • Section 8 of the amendments require additional engineering information to be submitted to the department for tower crane prototype review; these values were inadvertently left out of the current rules.
  • Section 9 corrects terminology related to a “phase” or “jump.”
  • Section 10 clarifies that a licensed master or tower crane rigger can witness a tower crane load test.
  • Section 12 clarifies that cranes or derricks that are used under the supervision of a master rigger must maintain the same jobsite logs as a crane that requires a certificate of on-site inspection.
  • Section 13 clarifies the title and scope of a particular section of the rule. 

Codify requirements contained in Buildings Bulletin 2019-005 regarding peer review for cranes and derricks in Sections 7 and 11.  The department requires certain cranes or derricks with complex or out of the ordinary loading, load  paths,  configurations,  operations,  or  site conditions, or whose setup requires coordination among city agencies to be subject to a peer review.  During a peer review, an independent New York State professional engineer reviews the application submitted by the crane or derrick notice engineer and provides an additional verification that the crane or derrick design indicated on the submitted crane or derrick notice application is in general conformance with New York City Codes, rules, and regulations for cranes and derricks.  This rule provides uniform requirements for crane and derrick peer reviewers and crane and derrick peer reviews.

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter, section 28-104.7.11 of Chapter 1 and Article 405 of Chapter 4 of the City Administrative Code and sections BC 3316 and BC 3319 of the New York City Building Code.

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Proposed Rule: