Mobile crane operators get 30-minute break exemption extended

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has renewed an exemption from the 30-minute rest break provision for a group representing mobile crane operators.

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association has held the exemption since October 2016 for carriers and drivers operating mobile cranes with a rated lifting capacity of more than 30 tons.

The exemption applies to approximately 65,000 mobile crane operators. SC&RA says it requested the exemption because of the difficulty of finding suitable parking due to their size when crane operators are required to go off-duty.

The 30-minute break exemption renewal is effective through Nov. 1, 2023.

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