New Crane Lift Director Rule

Posted on May, 25 2017

Based on recent crane safety events Mayor Bill de Blasio and Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler created the Crane Safety Technical Working Group (TWG).  This group recommended that a crane lift director be “present at the jobsite full time, charged with supervising the overall activity of the crane and monitoring compliance with city crane regulations.”


The DOB adopted a rule regarding lift directors which went into effect May 24, 2017. The rule identifies lift director responsibilities in compliance with standards established by the B30 model standards for cranes, derricks, and rigging published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The rule also requires that a lift director be present at a construction site while a crane or derrick is performing certain tasks.
The adopted lift director rule can be found here.
Contact the DOB Cranes & Derricks unit for any questions:
Cranes & Derricks Unit
280 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10007
9:00 am to 3:00 pm (M-F)
(212) 393-2411