Lift Directors

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule 

The Crane Safety Technical Working Group (“TWG”), appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler following the February 2016 crane collapse in Tribeca, recommended that a lift director be “present at the jobsite full time, charged with supervising the overall activity of the crane and monitoring compliance with city crane regulations.”  (TWG recommendation #14) 

This rule:

  • mandates that a lift director be present at a construction site while a crane or derrick is performing certain tasks; and
  • identifies responsibilities for the lift director. 

The responsibilities of the lift director are based on those established by the B30 model standards for cranes, derricks, and rigging published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME”).  Additional requirements are also added for the lift director to verify compliance with New York City regulations and to ensure weather conditions are monitored and the crane or derrick properly secured.  The requirement to monitor weather conditions was recommended by the TWG (TWG recommendation #16).

The rule empowers the lift director to issue orders to personnel or to stop crane, derrick, or rigging operations when the lift director discovers a violation of safety protocols listed in the rule.  Where violations of safety protocols listed in the rule are not immediately corrected, the lift director is obligated to report the violation to the Department of Buildings. 

Further, the rule establishes a designation and notification system for the department to be informed of the lift director at the site.  It also requires the lift director to review relevant plans, and to hold a pre-shift meeting with relevant personnel.  The requirement for a pre-shift meeting was recommended by the TWG (TWG recommendation #15). 

The Department of Buildings’ authority for these rules is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and section BC 3319 of the New York City Building Code. 

New material is underlined. 

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Proposed Rule: