Become a Certified Excavator in New York State by May 4, 2019
We have another timely message to share on behalf of our Risk Management Department!
New York State passed an amendment to the NYS Code Rule 753 (16 NYCRR Part 753) on June 18, 2018. It was signed into law on November 5, 2018 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This new amendment requires all equipment operators working for municipalities as well as operators working for contractors on municipal projects to undergo mandatory training through the Dig Safely New York Certified Excavator Program (CEP) in Safe Digging Best Practices. In short, all local government contracted excavators now have to become Certified Excavators.
Currently Dig Safe NY is offering courses throughout New York State or you can register and take an online version. This training must be completed by May 4, 2019.
For a list of in-person CEP classes throughout New York State, click here.
To learn more about the online certification course, click here.
If you’re wondering if this law applies to you, take a look at this helpful flowchart below from Dig Safely New York, Inc.