It shall be unlawful for a crane or derrick that requires or possesses a certificate of on-site inspection, or which, in accordance with rules promulgated by the commissioner, is subject to supervision by a licensed master rigger in lieu of a certificate of on-site inspection, to perform any of the following tasks unless a lift director is present at the site during all times when:
- The crane or derrick is picking a load;
- The crane is traveling at the site, including but not limited to being moved onto or off of cribbing or up or down a ramp;
- The crane or derrick is being placed into a parked condition or otherwise being taken out of service;
- The crane's or derrick's boom/jib is being laid down or jackknifed;
- The crane's or derrick's boom/jib is being raised from a laid down or jackknifed position; or
- Other special protective measures for wind are being installed or removed.
Exception: The requirement for a lift director does not apply to the assembly or disassembly of a crane or derrick, nor to the use of an assist crane or derrick during assembly/disassembly, provided an assembly/disassembly director is supervising the assembly/disassembly operation in accordance with rules promulgated by the commissioner.
Eighteen months after the department has established the requirements for the department-approved training course for lift directors as set forth in item 1 of section 28-424.3, it shall be unlawful for any person to act as a lift director or to perform the duties of a lift director unless such person is registered as a lift director pursuant to this article, or is licensed as a master rigger pursuant to article 404 of this chapter.
Applicants for a lift director registration shall submit satisfactory proof establishing that the applicant:*Article 28-424 was added by Local Law 14 of 2018. This law has an effective date of December 31, 2017.
- Has successfully completed a department approved training course for lift directing that is at least 32 hours in length. Such lift directing training course shall cover topics relating to mobile cranes, tower cranes, and derricks, including but not limited to roles and responsibilities of site personnel, operational planning, weather warnings, conducting on-site meetings, and log and reporting requirements. Successful completion of a lift directing training course shall be based upon passage of a written exam, and evidenced by the issuance of a certificate card that is in accordance with the provisions of item 2.5 of section 3316.9.2 of the New York city building code; and
- Meets one of the following:
- Possesses a valid certification as a lift director. The certification must be acceptable to the commissioner and be issued by a lift director certification program that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI);
- Has at least two years' experience within three years prior to application supervising rigging operations in New York city in accordance with section 3316.9.1 of the New York city building code;
- Has been licensed as a New York city hoisting machine operator for at least three years prior to application;
- Is a master rigging foreman designated in accordance with rules promulgated by the commissioner; or
- Such applicant has at least one year of experience as a lift director in New York city in accordance with rules promulgated by the commissioner, prior to the date that registration as a lift director is required pursuant to section 28-424.2.