Why “Voices From The Past”? Simply put, understanding the past helps us understand the present. That’s the reason for ‘voices from the past’, to give us some insight into how we got to where we are today. Take for example crane operator responsibilities and crane operator certification, both of which OSHA has recently addressed. What was said years ago on these two topics? To find out begin by reading the three part series titled “In Defense Of The Operator,” written by James Headley, Director of Crane Institute of America. Remember, there wasn’t much written back in the 1980’s regarding responsibilities. Next, read Headley’s article titled “Certification Needed More Than Ever”. This was written before there were any national crane operator certification programs. Then think about where crane and rigging is today and I think you will agree that our industry has come a long way.
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