NEW YORK CITY-In the wake of several construction fatalities at development sites on the Far West Side and Manhattanville, city officials are now requiring new tests and requirements to up the safety standards for crane operators citywide. According to new administrative rules from the New York City Department of Buildings, new applicants must now obtain certification from either the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, a non-profit that develops performance assessments for crane operations nationwide, an organization accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or the American National Standards Institute, beginning in May.

Developed by experts nationwide, exams offered by these certification organizations are updated more frequently than those currently used by the city to reflect updates in technology and require applicants to be tested on a variety of cranes rather than a single piece of equipment, the DOB says. By 2014, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration will require all crane operators to pass the exams offered by a nationally accredited organization as well as undergo re-testing every five years. 

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