CHAPTER 539
OPERATORS OF CRANES OR 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.
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.

      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, or (4) 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.)

      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.

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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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