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Key Issues Facing the Global Crane Industry

Posted on January 17, 2014 • Comments Off on Key Issues Facing the Global Crane Industry

The new president of Terex Cranes, Tim Ford, was a speaker at the World Crane & Transport Summit 2013 held in Amsterdam on October 29-30, 2013. Ford addressed issues that the crane industry faces not only in the United States, but globally as well. In his speech, he mentions that safety needs to be priority number one and would require a “change in thinking, change in practices, and a change in expectations.” Watch Ford’s entire speech here.


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Debates and Delays

Posted on January 9, 2014 • Comments Off on Debates and Delays

Each year at the SC&RA’s rigging workshop meet, the US crane industry gathers together to discuss the most important issues affecting the US market. This year was an atmosphere of anticipation with several major decisions from regulators dragging on and a noticeable changes in the US market yet to occur. Zak Garner-Purkis attended the event to hear what the US lifting industry had to say. The following is an interview with Crane Institute Director, James Headley.

Cranes Institute of America’s certifying body Crane Institute Certification is one of those that tests by capacity, and believes this is the way to go. Director James Headley says, “We have federal OSHA which applies to all states and territories, but some states have their own OSHA plan. A state can have its own regulations, but the regulations can’t be less stringent than federal OSHA. For example CalOSHA is much more stringent than federal OSHA and requires operator certification.”

“A hot topic right now is what OSHA is going to do about the operator certification type and capacity law that was due to be required in November 2014. Crane Institute Certification (CIC) thinks it’s reasonable for crane operators to be certified by type and capacity as the law currently requires and others want it taken out, which I can understand since their certifications will not meet the new law. We’ll see what happens but CIC won’t change its program. We will continue to certify by type and have different capacity levels.”

“The Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (CDAC) was put together by OSHA to write the new cranes and derrick regulation. The committee met for a year and drafted the new regulation that went into effect in 2010, however OSHA allowed until November 2014 for operators to be certified, which was to be by type and capacity. There are currently four accredited certification programs that OSHA has approved. Two of the four programs have certifications for different capacity levels and will meet the new law. The other two programs certify operators by type only, which means that the certifications they have issued will not meet the new law when it comes into effect.”

“Many of the people complaining about this type and capacity requirement served on the CDAC committee that wrote the new law. In other words they wrote a law that the certification program they support will not meet. How much sense does that make? If they thought that crane operators should be certified by type only they should not have written and approved a law that would be different from that. Now they want a law they approved changed.”

Excerpt from “Debates and Delays.” Cranes Today. November 2013. Issue 467.

The Complete Package Puts Professional Resources in Hands of Corporate Trainers

Posted on January 7, 2014 • Comments Off on The Complete Package Puts Professional Resources in Hands of Corporate Trainers

Crane Institute of America to introduce new train-the-trainer programs for the crane and rigging industry at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

November 18, 2013 – Crane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla. will feature “The Complete Package” at Booth 2973 in the Gold Lot at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, March 4-8, 2014.

To make it easier for corporate trainers to maintain ongoing training at their facilities, Crane Institute has introduced a new train-the-trainer combination program called “The Complete Package.” In two weeks’ time, trainers can become a Crane Institute of America certified trainer and an authorized practical examiner for Crane Institute Certification (CIC), a nationally accredited, OSHA-recognized certification for crane operators, riggers and signalpersons. In addition, trainers may license Crane Institute of America’s online training program materials. Both limited and unlimited licenses (per year) are available.

Jim Headley leads training class 448x294“The Complete Package eliminated the cost for trainers to develop and maintain their own training programs, and it makes training more accessible to workers, thereby increasing job site safety,” said Jim Headley, Director of Crane Institute of America.

Trainers participating in the mobile crane or rigger train-the-trainer courses will learn how to conduct the same training programs that are used by Crane Institute of America’s instructors. Trainer topics include “Learning how to be a great trainer and facilitator,” and “How to create a learning environment.” Certified trainers can purchase student materials, books, workbooks, and other resources created for the training program.

According to Headley, quality training is more about the program than it is the instructor. “When provided with properly developed materials, good trainers have a greater chance of success.”

“It’s a bit like NASCAR,” he says. “The drivers are the ones that get champagne poured on them at the end of the race, but the mechanics working behind the scenes were just as important in the success of that car.”

Among the technical topics covered in the Mobile Crane Complete Package are current standards, causes of accidents, interpreting load charts, pre-op inspection, and crane setup. The Rigger/Signalperson Complete Package covers safe use of slings, wire rope, and hardware; current standards; pre-use inspection, hand/voice signals, and much more.

Successful completion of the CIC Authorized Practical Examiner portion of the package allows you to complete your own in-house practical exams to certify your crane operators, riggers, and signalpersons to meet or exceed OSHA requirements.

In addition, Crane Institute will introduce other new training and inspection resources in 2014, including:

  • Licensed material for the Overhead Crane Operator Train-the-Trainer program.
  • Digital Inspection Checklists that interface with various digital tools, such as digital cameras.
  • Online Training courses that allow students to learn at their own pace. The self-directed instruction includes quizzes at completion of material presentation.

About Crane Institute of America

For more than 25 years Crane Institute of America has offered training for operators of aerial lifts, forklifts, boom trucks, mobile cranes, overhead cranes, and tower cranes, as well as for riggers and signalpersons. It is an authorized CIC written and practical exam testing site. For information, visit

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Friction Crane in 2014

Posted on December 30, 2013 • Comments Off on Friction Crane in 2014

Friction Lattice Boom CraneCrane Institute Certification (CIC), recently announced that the mobile crane operator designation, Friction Crane, will be available in 2014. A friction crane is a lattice boom crane that uses clutches and foot brakes for load control instead of a hydraulic system as with modern lattice boom cranes. Friction cranes are no longer manufactured; however, many are still in use on job sites. Since these cranes are still in service and their operation is completely different than their modern counterpart, it is important for accrediting agencies to test operator skills on the crane types they are expected to operate. Read Press Release here.

CIC Currently offers accredited certifications for:
Telescoping Boom Cranes, under 21 tons
Telescoping Boom Cranes, 21-75 tons
Telescoping Boom Cranes, over 75 tons
Lattice Boom Cranes, 1-300 tons
Lattice Boom Cranes, over 300 tons
Articulating Boom Cranes
Digger Derricks
Service/Mechanic Trucks
Qualified Riggers & Signalpersons
Advanced Riggers

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