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Title: Crane Operator Certification
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Description: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI)
Subject: Buildings and Construction
Crane Operators
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:12:16 PM
Modification Date: 5/23/2023 10:36:45 AM
Agency Name: Labor and Industry (DLI), Minnesota Department of
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Agency Description: The agency oversees the state's programs for apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, dual-training (PIPELINE Program), occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, workers' compensation and youth skills training programs. The Office of Combative Sports, within the Department of Labor & Industry, ensures Minnesota's combative sporting events are conducted in a manner that minimizes injuries and ensures fair competition.
Agency Phone: 651-284-5005
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address:
443 Lafayette Road N.

St. Paul
MN 55155

Unit Name: Minnesota OSHA Compliance
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Unit Description:
Unit Phone: 651-284-5050
Unit Fax: 651-284-5741
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Minn. Stat. § 182.6525, Crane operation:

Subdivision 1. Certification required. An individual may not operate a crane with a lifting capacity of five tons or more on a construction site unless the individual has a valid crane operator certificate received from a nationally recognized and accredited certification program. No employer, and no person who is under a contract to construct an improvement to land, may permit any employee, agent, or independent contractor to perform work in violation of this section. A crane operator certification required under this subdivision must be renewed by an accredited certification program every five years.

Subd. 2. Exceptions. The requirements of subdivision 1 do not apply to:

(1) a crane operator trainee or apprentice, if the individual is under the direct supervision of a crane operator who holds a valid crane operator certificate as required in subdivision 1;

(2) a person directly employed by a class 1 or 2 railroad who is qualified by the employing railroad as a crane operator or boom truck operator while performing work on property owned, leased, or controlled by the employing railroad;
(3) a person who is employed by or performing work for a public utility, rural electric cooperative, municipality, telephone company, or industrial manufacturing plant;

(4) a person who is subject to inspection and regulation under the Mine Safety and Health Act, United States Code, title 30, sections 801 through 962;

(5) a person engaged in boating, fishing, agriculture, or arboriculture;

(6) a person who is a member of and performing work for a uniformed service or who is a member of and performing work for the United States Merchant Marine;

(7) a person who is operating a crane for personal use on premises owned or leased by that person; and
(8) a person who is operating a crane in an emergency situation.

Subd. 3. Penalties.
An employer or general contractor may be cited by the commissioner for a violation of the certification requirements in this section. A citation is punishable as a serious violation under Minn. Stat. § 182.666

Rules: 5225.6140

Statutes: 182.6525


Crane operators certification

Fees: Contact DLI.
Period of Issuance:

Five years.

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Activity: Crane Operator
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