Crane Safety Bill Sent to the Governor

The Legislature has sent a new construction crane safety bill to Governor Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign the measure into law.

Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2171 requires cranes to be inspected and certified by the Department of Labor & Industries. It also requires crane operators to be certified and have 2,000 documented hours of training prior to operating a crane. The bill has limited exemptions for small cranes, such as those installed in the back of a pickup truck, for manufacturing purposes.

The bill, setting some of the most stringent requirements in the nation, is targeted at cranes use in building construction.

UPDATE: Governor Gregoire signed the bill into law on April 10.