When you are working in the moving and storage industry, being ahead of change is essential to remaining successful. Since regulations can dictate whether or not you can operate your business, any alterations made to regulations are imperative knowledge. As you know, all motorists in Massachusetts are required to have a valid license and insurance. In this industry, however, a typical license won’t qualify you to drive the commercial vehicles your business requires.
While there are many different commercial licenses, in the moving and storage industry, there is one of particular importance: hoisting licenses.
Who must have a hydraulic license?
Also known as a hydraulic license, in Massachusetts, a hoisting license is required for anyone who will operate derricks, cableways, machinery used for discharging cargoes, temporary elevator cars used on excavation work or any machinery used for hoisting material, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
If you are a mover, you know that having the right licensing is imperative to the operation of your business, your credibility, and your ability to obtain movers insurance. So how can you obtain a hydraulic license in MA?
• Drivers must be 18 years of age
• Drivers must currently possess a valid driver’s license
• Must send (to the Department) a completed hoisting license application – which is available at http://mass.gov/dps.
• Must also send: a copy of your D.O.T. Medical Certification OR 1998 ANSI B30.5 qualifications for operators or medical examiner’s certificate as well as a completed Medical Examiner’s Form – available on the same site mentioned above and a check or money order for $75.00
*Remember, you must also pass a written examination.
Once you do this, you are a licensed hoisting operator in Massachusetts – congratulations!
At Wolpert Insurance, we strive to stay ahead of change and provide you with the most up-to-date information to keep your business successful – which is why we want to give you more detail on the proposed changes to the hydraulic licensing requirements in Massachusetts! Check back next week for more information.