This year American Cranes & Transport’s (ACT) annual roundtable on safety and training included thought from Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director, Crane Institute Certification (CIC). ACT posed the questions and Dickinson and two other ‘industry gurus’ provided answers.
ACT: There seems to be a much greater acceptance of training, certification and the development of a true safety culture in the realm of the crane and transport sector than ever before. What do you think has prompted this acceptance?
Dickinson: Historically, the crane industry has been one to push self-regulation. Perhaps because the crane industry is more visible than other sectors of the construction market. Members of organizations like ACRP, AGC, SC&RA, CCAA, ASME B30 members and individuals who serve on accredited certification committees dedicate thousands of volunteer hours each year looking for ways to make the industry safer. While Federal and State OSHA boards add emphasis to the call for safety, today’s crane industry places intrinsic value on safety. Indeed, the bottom line is that safety is good business. Contractors cannot afford accidents that raise their EMR higher than 1.0. They lose the right to even hold bids considered. Training, certification and a safety culture that demands work be performed safely helps prevent accidents.
Certification has become the norm. But training is required to achieve certification. Quality training + accredited certification = Improved Safety Culture.
Courtesy of American Cranes & Transport.
January 2014, Volume 10, Issue 1