Hoisting Machine Operator Learners and Supervision of Learners

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Friday, January 5, 2018


Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule 



This rule proposes to establish criteria governing the training of individuals learning to become a hoisting machine operator by adopting requirements of the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) contained in 29 CFR 1926.1427(f) and making modifications for New York City. The purpose of this rule is to ensure protection of the general public.



The New York City specific modifications include: 

  • Establishing basic knowledge requirements for learners
  • Requiring the supervising licensee to be present in or near the cab or operator’s station when the learner is operating a tower crane
  • Prohibiting a learner from operating a hosting machine when the supervising licensee is on break
  • Clarifying that the supervising licensee is responsible for performing New York City mandated inspections and maintain New York City mandated logs
  • Prohibiting a learner from performing multiple-lift rigging operations, critical picks, or any operation related to the erection, climbing, jumping, or dismantling of a tower crane
  • Clarifying the scope of equipment that can be operated and supervised based on the license type being sought and the license held by the supervising licensee


The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and Article 405 of Chapter 4 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code. 


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