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UPDATED: Who Needs a MA Hoisting License?

This information updated February 2020 and verified by the MA Division of Professional Licensure
 

There is plenty of confusion and false information circulating over when it's required to hold a MA Hoisting License. Here is some clarification...

 

The Regulation...

Hoisting Machinery as defined within MA state regulations (seen below), it states "higher than ten feet, and either the capability of lifting loads greater than 500 pounds or the capacity of the bucket exceeds 1/4 cubic yards".  HOWEVER ... This statement is meant as a residual clause; a catch-all to cover any remaining equipment not specified in the aformentioned sentence.  The aformentioned sentence specifically declares "excavators, backhoes, front end loaders, uniloaders, skid loader, skid steer loaders, compact loaders or similar devices, lattice cranes, derricks, cranes with or without wire rope; all fork lifts, powered industrial lift trucks, overhead hoists (underhung), overhead cranes, underhung cranes, monorail cranes, lifting devices, cableways, powered platforms".  If you are operating any of the equipment stated in this sentence, you MUST hold a valid hoisting license.  

 

What's New...

Additionally, it does NOT matter what type of attachment you have on the machine, it still requires a license.  Previously, the Hoisting FAQ section stated that certain attachments nullified the need for a hoisting license if the attachment was not capable of holding a load.  These FAQs are now considered Null & Void by the DPL. So regardless of what you are doing, if the machine is specified or described in the Hoisting Machinery definition, you must have a license to be at the operator controls while the machine is running. 

 

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