Involved with training since the 1980s, Bill Schofield has worked for Crane Institute of America (CIA), Sanford, FL, since 1992. As a trainer, he is described as articulate and able to break down barriers to student learning. As training manager he is called a team player and a mentor by those he works with. He was nominated by Jim Headley, President, for Crane Hotline’s annual Top Trainer Award.
Schofield developed standard operating procedures for instructors, trains new instructors, and provides technical support to customers. He was a major contributor in the development of a crane operator practical exam for the Crane Institute Certification Program. Likewise, Schofield introduced a hands-on rigging inspection exercise patterned after college laboratory testing. Students rotate through inspection stations of various pieces of rigging gear.
There are times when a trainer receives feedback that validates his or her work,” explains Headley. “Bill tells the story of a crane operator whose crane came in contact with a power line. The operator was convinced that Bill saved his life because all his instincts were telling him to jump off the crane and run. He said he didn’t because he could hear Bill’s voice in his head saying, ‘stay with the crane’.”
Judge’s Comments: “the story about ‘stay with the crane’ is tangible evidence that good training saves lives.”
Excerpted from November 2010 Crane Hotline.