The Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Board operates as an ‘attached agency’ within the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. HMOAB operates at no expense to the taxpayers of Hawaiʻi as all personnel and operating expenses are generated from current user fees and interest income. Currently, there are nearly 500 certified hoisting operators working throughout the islands.

The Hoisting Machine Operators Advisory Board is charged with establishing minimum standards to assure construction tower and crane operators across the islands operate hoisting machines in a safe and lawful manner on behalf of the citizens of our State. (Sixteen other states and six municipalities have similar requirements).

To be eligible, each operator (whether an independent contractor, a State government worker, or private company hire) must be certified annually and pass criminal, medical and practical training requirements to legally work in Hawaiʻi. All hoisting operators must be at least 21 years of age and need certification if they work with machinery having a lifting capacity of one ton or more. Certification ensures a minimum competency level of operators, assures employers potential employees comply with relevant State and federal standards, and provides safeguards for the public that hoisting operations use best available practices.

Enforcement is provided by the Hawaiʻi Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.