[Adopted by the City Council of the City of East Orange 3-14-2016 by Ord. No. 6-2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Crane Operators License Advisory Board established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:26-3.
- Certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators or any other organization found by the Board to offer an equivalent testing and certification program meeting the requirements of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' ASME B30.5 and the accreditation requirements of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.
- The Commissioner of Labor.
- A power-operated hoisting machine used in construction, demolition or excavation work that has a power-operated winch, load line and boom moving laterally by the rotation of the machine on a carrier and has a manufacturer-rated lifting capacity of 10 tons or more. It shall not include a forklift, digger derrick truck, aircraft, bucket truck, knuckle boom, trolley boom or any vehicle or machine not having a power-operated winch and load line.
- CRANE OPERATOR
- An individual engaged in the operation of a crane.
- CRANE-RELATED EXPERIENCE
- Operating, inspecting, training and maintenance experience acceptable to the Board.
- PRACTICAL EXAMINATION
- An examination demonstrating the applicant's ability to safely operate a particular category or type of crane. Practical examinations shall be conducted for the following crane categories: the lattice boom crawler cranes (LBC), lattice boom truck cranes (LBT), telescopic boom cranes (TLL, swing cab and TSS, fixed cab), tower cranes and overhead cranes.
Five days before any crane operator, contractor or other person or company initiates the use of a crane within the municipality a permit shall be obtained. In emergent situations the building inspector may waive this requirement in his or her own discretion if the operator meets the balance of the requirements of this chapter.
The permit will be maintained with the municipality as well as with the crane operator at all times; a copy of the permit shall be produced on the work site when requested.
The following documents must be provided to the municipality in order to be granted a permit:
New Jersey crane license.
Current medical examiner's card;
A copy of the most recent and current proof of inspection (crane owner).
Proof that the crane operator submits to a random drug testing program.
Proof of completion of signal person qualification or certification course.
Upon receipt of a properly completed application and compliance with the requirements of this section, the Building Department shall issue or deny the requested permit within five business days. If the application is denied, the reasons for the denial are furnished to the applicant in writing.
Licensure of crane operators, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:26-7. No person shall engage in the operation of a crane, offer himself for employment as a crane operator or otherwise act, attempt to act, present or represent himself as a crane operator unless licensed as such under the provisions of this act.
A crane operator's license shall be valid only in conjunction with a current certification and only in the specialty or specialties for which the crane operator is certified. The specialties are lattice boom crawler crane (LBC), lattice boom truck crane (LBT), telescopic boom cranes (TLL, swing cab and TSS, fixed cab), tower cranes and overhead cranes.
To be eligible for a license as a crane operator in the municipality, an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:
Be at least 18 years of age;
Receive certification from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators or any other organization found by the Board to offer an equivalent testing and certification program meeting the requirements of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME B30.5 and the accreditation requirements of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies;
Have at least 1,000 hours of crane-related experience; and
Maintain a current medical examiner's certification card.
The permit fee for each crane shall be $100. Each permit is valid for 60 days and may be extended and/or renewed, provided that compliance with the requirements of this chapter continue to be met. The fee for an extended or renewal permit shall be $50.
It shall be the duty of each crane operator or person employing such crane operator to immediately report to the Building Department any and all accidents or safety issues regarding the operating, assembly, and disassembly or jumping of a crane.
All crane equipment shall be kept in safe working condition at all times by the owner and licensee.
If any safety or operational aid used or required to be used in connection with the operation of a crane is not working properly, the person operating such crane shall immediately shut down the crane until such time that the required safety or operational aid is repaired or replaced and the crane is restored to properly working order.
Any and all safety requirements promulgated by the Board, Commissioner, or municipality must be adhered to at all times.
Any person who operates a crane without meeting the requirements of this chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated thereunder shall be subject to a fine of not less than $1,000 and no more than $10,000 for each violation. Each day of illegal operation shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
Any person or company who employs an unlicensed person as a crane operator or who permits or directs an unlicensed person to operate a crane shall be subject to a fine of not less than $2,000 nor more than $20,000 for each violation. Each day of illegal operation shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.