CHAPTER 539
OPERATORS OF CRANES OR HOISTING EQUIPMENT

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Sec. 29-221. Definitions.
Sec. 29-222. Crane Operators Examining Board.
Sec. 29-223. Board powers and duties. Regulations. Examinations.
Sec. 29-223a. License required for hoisting equipment operator. Certificate of registration required for hoisting equipment operator apprentice. Exceptions.
Sec. 29-224. Crane operators' license required. Certificate of registration for crane operator apprentices. Exceptions.
Sec. 29-224a. Report of accidents. Investigation and inspection.
Sec. 29-224b. Right-of-entry for investigation and inspection.
Sec. 29-225. Suspension or revocation of license, apprentice certificate or owner's registration; grounds. Penalty.
Secs. 29-226 to 29-230.

      Sec. 29-221. Definitions. As used in this chapter: (1) "Board" means the Examining Board for Crane Operators established under section 29-222; (2) "commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Safety; (3) "crane" means (A) a tower crane used in construction, demolition or excavation work, (B) a hydraulic crane, (C) a power-operated derrick or (D) a mobile crane which is a mobile, carrier-mounted, power-operated hoisting machine utilizing a power-operated boom which moves laterally by rotation of the machine on the carrier and which has a manufacturers' maximum rated capacity exceeding five tons; (4) "hoisting equipment" means motorized equipment (A) used in construction, demolition or excavation work, (B) at a construction site for a project, other than a project involving residential structures of less than four stories, the estimated cost of which is more than one million two hundred fifty thousand dollars, and (C) which has a manufacturer's rated lifting capacity exceeding five tons and a manufacturer's rated maximum reach in excess of thirty-two feet; (5) "department" means the Department of Public Safety; and (6) "apprentice" means anyone registered with the board for the purpose of learning crane operation or hoisting equipment operation.

      (P.A. 81-321, S. 1; P.A. 84-381, S. 5, 12; P.A. 03-253, S. 1; P.A. 04-27, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 84-381 added Subdiv. (5) defining "apprentice"; P.A. 03-253 made a technical change in Subdiv. (3), added new Subdiv. (4) defining "hoisting equipment", redesignated existing Subdivs. (4) and (5) as new Subdivs. (5) and (6), and amended Subdiv. (6) to include within the definition of "apprentice" anyone registered with the board for the purpose of learning hoisting equipment operation; P.A. 04-27 made technical changes in Subdiv. (3), effective April 28, 2004.

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      Sec. 29-222. Crane Operators Examining Board. There shall be in the Department of Public Safety an Examining Board for Crane Operators consisting of five members who shall be residents of this state. Members shall be appointed by the Governor subject to the provisions of section 4-9a. One member shall be an employee of the department, one shall be a crane operator having at least ten years of experience, one shall represent the interests of crane owners and two shall be public members. Members shall not be compensated for their services but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses in the performance of their duties. A quorum of the board for the purpose of transacting business shall exist only when there is present, in person, a majority of its membership. Any member absent from (1) three consecutive meetings of the board or (2) fifty per cent of such meetings during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from the board.

      (P.A. 81-321, S. 2; P.A. 84-381, S. 6, 12.)

      History: P.A. 84-381 added provisions re quorum and attendance requirements.

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      Sec. 29-223. Board powers and duties. Regulations. Examinations. (a) The board shall keep a record of its proceedings and a roster of persons licensed or registered by it. The commissioner shall, with the advice and assistance of the board, adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, for crane operators and hoisting equipment operators, specifying qualifications for applicants for licensure, requirements for examinations, procedures for issuance and renewal of licenses and certificates of registration and examination and application fees sufficient to meet the costs of administration of this chapter. The board shall administer and establish passing grades for licensure examinations. The board shall hold examinations at times and locations determined by the board and shall give written notice to applicants for examination of the time and place of examinations. Examinations may be written or practical or both.

      (b) The board shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing a safety code for the operation and maintenance of cranes and hoisting equipment.

      (P.A. 81-321, S. 3; P.A. 84-381, S. 7, 12; P.A. 03-253, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 84-381 amended Subsec. (a) re adoption of regulations for procedures for issuance or renewal of certificates of registration and added new Subsec. (b) re adoption of regulations establishing a safety code for the operation and maintenance of cranes; P.A. 03-253 amended Subsec. (a) to require the adoption of regulations for crane operators and hoisting equipment operators and amended Subsec. (b) to make a technical change and to add reference to hoisting equipment.

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      Sec. 29-223a. License required for hoisting equipment operator. Certificate of registration required for hoisting equipment operator apprentice. Exceptions. (a) No person shall engage in, practice or offer to perform the work of a hoisting equipment operator, except as provided in subsection (b) or (c) of this section, who is not the holder of a valid crane operator's license or hoisting equipment operator's license issued by the board. Each licensed hoisting equipment operator shall carry his or her license on his or her person when operating hoisting equipment. No person may engage in, practice or perform the work of a hoisting equipment operator apprentice unless he has obtained a certificate of registration from the board. An apprentice's certificate may be issued for the performance of work of a hoisting equipment operator for the purpose of training, which work may be performed only under the supervision of a licensed hoisting equipment operator.

      (b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to: (1) Any person engaged in the occupation of hoisting equipment operator in the state on October 1, 2003, provided such person shall be required to obtain a license not later than one year of October 1, 2004, (2) engineers under the jurisdiction of the United States, (3) engineers or operators employed by public utilities or industrial manufacturing plants, (4) any person operating either a bucket truck or a digger derrick designed and used for an electrical generation, electrical transmission, electrical distribution, electrical catenary or electrical signalization project, if such person: (A) Holds a valid limited electrical line contractor or journeyman's license issued pursuant to chapter 393 or any regulation adopted pursuant to said chapter, or (B) has engaged in the installation of electrical line work for more than one thousand hours, or (C) has enrolled in or has graduated from a federally recognized electrical apprenticeship program, or (5) persons engaged in boating, fishing, agriculture or arboriculture.

      (c) On or after October 1, 2003, but not later than October 1, 2005, the board shall issue a license for a hoisting equipment operator to any person who provides a notarized statement from the person's employer indicating the dates and duties of employment operating such equipment or proof of ownership and control of a company utilizing such equipment.

      (P.A. 03-253, S. 3; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 37; P.A. 08-59, S. 1.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 amended Subsec. (b)(1) to substitute October 1, 2004, for October 1, 2003, and to make a technical change in the proviso, and amended Subsec. (c) to substitute October 1, 2005, for October 1, 2004, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 08-59 amended Subsec. (b) to add new Subdiv. (4) re exemption for operators of certain bucket trucks and digger derricks and redesignate existing Subdiv. (4) as Subdiv. (5), effective May 12, 2008.

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      Sec. 29-224. Crane operators' license required. Certificate of registration for crane operator apprentices. Exceptions. (a) No person shall engage in, practice or offer to perform the work of a crane operator, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, who is not the holder of a valid license issued by the board. Each licensed crane operator shall carry his license on his person when operating a crane. No person may engage in, practice or perform the work of a crane operator apprentice unless he has obtained a certificate of registration from the board. An apprentice's certificate may be issued for the performance of work of a crane operator for the purpose of training, which work may be performed only under the supervision of a licensed crane operator. No crane owner may operate or permit the operation of any of his cranes in this state unless he has obtained a certificate of registration from the board. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to require a hoisting equipment owner to obtain a certificate of registration from the board.

      (b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to: (1) Any person engaged in the occupation of crane operator in the state on October 1, 1981, provided such person shall be required to obtain a license within one year of October 1, 1981, (2) engineers under the jurisdiction of the United States, (3) engineers or operators employed by public utilities or industrial manufacturing plants, (4) any person operating either a bucket truck or a digger derrick designed and used for an electrical generation, electrical transmission, electrical distribution, electrical catenary or electrical signalization project, if such person: (A) Holds a valid limited electrical line contractor or journeyman's license issued pursuant to chapter 393 or any regulation adopted pursuant to said chapter, or (B) has engaged in the installation of electrical line work for more than one thousand hours, or (C) has enrolled in or has graduated from a federally recognized electrical apprenticeship program, or (5) persons engaged in boating, fishing, agriculture or arboriculture.

      (P.A. 81-321, S. 4; P.A. 82-472, S. 67, 183; P.A. 84-381, S. 8, 12; P.A. 04-27, S. 7; P.A. 08-59, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 82-472 made technical changes; P.A. 84-381 added provisions re issuance of a certificate of registration for a crane operator apprentice, and requiring that crane owner obtain a certificate of registration before operating cranes; P.A. 04-27 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that nothing in subsection shall be construed to require a hoisting equipment owner to obtain a certificate of registration from the board and made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective April 28, 2004; P.A. 08-59 amended Subsec. (b) to add new Subdiv. (4) re exemption for operators of certain bucket trucks and digger derricks and redesignate existing Subdiv. (4) as Subdiv. (5), effective May 12, 2008.

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      Sec. 29-224a. Report of accidents. Investigation and inspection. Each crane or hoisting equipment owner or operator shall immediately report any accident involving a crane or hoisting equipment he owns or operates to the board. Upon receipt of any such report, the board may cause a full investigation and inspection of such crane or hoisting equipment to determine the cause of the accident and may take any action it deems appropriate if, after notice and opportunity for hearing, it determines that a violation of any provision of this chapter or any regulations adopted thereunder exists.

      (P.A. 84-381, S. 9, 12; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 86.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 included hoisting equipment within the purview of section, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 29-224b. Right-of-entry for investigation and inspection. The commissioner or any employee of the Department of Public Safety, while engaged in the performance of his duties, may enter at all reasonable hours into and upon any premises in or on which a crane or hoisting equipment is located for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this chapter and the regulations adopted thereunder.

      (P.A. 95-10; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 87.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 included hoisting equipment within the purview of section, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 29-225. Suspension or revocation of license, apprentice certificate or owner's registration; grounds. Penalty. (a) The board may suspend or revoke a crane operator's license, a hoisting equipment operator's license or an apprentice's certificate after notice and hearing upon a finding that the holder has demonstrated incompetence or has been guilty of negligence in the performance of his work.

      (b) The board may suspend or revoke a crane owner's registration after notice and hearing upon a finding that the holder has failed to properly maintain his crane or has permitted the operation of his crane in an unsafe manner.

      (c) The board may impose a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars on any crane or hoisting equipment owner or operator who violates any provision of this chapter or any regulations adopted thereunder.

      (P.A. 81-321, S. 5; P.A. 84-381, S. 10, 12; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3, S. 88.)

      History: P.A. 84-381 added new Subsecs. (b) and (c) re suspension of crane owner's registration and penalty provision, respectively, and amended former section, now Subsec. (a), to include revocation or suspension of an apprentice certificate; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-3 amended Subsec. (a) to allow the board to suspend or revoke a hoisting equipment operator's license and to make a technical change, and amended Subsec. (c) to allow the board to impose a civil penalty on any hoisting equipment owner or operator, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Secs. 29-226 to 29-230. Reserved for future use.

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