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NYC Dept of Buildings Hiring Inspectors

Posted on May 9, 2016 • Comments Off on NYC Dept of Buildings Hiring Inspectors

New York City Department of Buildings is hiring Hoists and Rigging Inspectors

Set Your Foundation

The NYC Department of Buildings is a dynamic place to work and thrive and is committed to becoming a premier municipal building organization, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers. We are transforming our business strategy and using the latest technologies to dramatically improve operations to support and build a thriving, equitable, sustainable and resilient City making it a great place to live, work and build.

The Department of Buildings promotes the safety of all people that build, work, and live in New York City by regulating the lawful use of over one million buildings and construction sites across the five boroughs.

Under general supervision, the selected candidates will be responsible for:

  • Inspecting and testing cranes, derricks, work platforms, and other hoist and rigging equipment and setups for code compliance and conformance to approved drawings.
  • Performing on-site inspections and enforcing safety standards in compliance with Reference Standards, NYC Construction Codes and industrial safe work practices.
  • Investigating crane, derrick, work platform and other rigging accidents and complaints.
  • Serving Violations and Stop work Orders when conditions warrant.
  • Appearing in court as an expert witness and assisting in the preparation of court documents.
  • Conducting field checks of proper licensure of Hoist Machine Operators, Sign Hangers, and other license holders.
  • Preparing monthly inspection reports for Crane & Derricks division.
  • Participating in Department provided training for hoist and rigging inspections.

Qualification Requirements

  1. Five years of full-time satisfactory experience in one or a combination of the following: as a rigger handling gear and equipment in the hoisting and rigging business; as an inspector of hoists and rigging; as a licensed crane operator; or as a crane mechanic; or
  2. At least three years of experience, as described in “1” above, and a combination of the following, sufficient to equal a total of five years of acceptable experience:
    (a) Education leading to a baccalaureate degree in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which will be credited on the basis of one year of acceptable experience for each 30 semester credits of this education.
    (b) Apprenticeship in the hoisting and rigging trade, which will be credited on the basis of six months of acceptable experience for each year of this apprenticeship experience.

Candidates must successfully pass a drug screening in order to be appointed.

License Requirements

  1. A Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment.
  2. At the time of appointment to certain positions candidates may have to qualify for appointment as Special Patrolman. The Special Patrolman status must be maintained for the duration of employment in that position.

Join our team at NYC Buildings and be a part of an exciting group of people who are committed to making New York the greatest city in the World.

Please submit your resume with cover letter to:

Crane Institute Partners with ePathways Program

Posted on February 23, 2016 • Comments Off on Crane Institute Partners with ePathways Program

Crane Institute of America (CIA) has partnered with Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) to participate in the ePathways initiative. ePathways is a program that enables high school students workplace learning experience, with participating companies providing internships for eligible students to work in a real adult environment.

Every student intern must work 120 hours total from January 22nd to May 15th to earn 1 high school credit. They’re placed in real workplaces and expected to work as adults would in the same environment, learning valuable social skills for their future careers on top of the experience provided by the job. These are paid positions. The interns are also given the option to continue working for their chosen company after completing their ePathways credit, potentially expanding into a career choice right out of high school. CIA’s intern, Bailey Cadden, is currently working in our accounting department. She assists with billing to customers, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and any other office administration work that she can assist with.

ePathways-logoBy working with SCPS, Crane Institute of America can introduce a new generation to the lifting and rigging industry.


ePathways Student Intern, Bailey Cadden.


ePathways Program Facilitator, J. Paul Wahnish pictured with Bailey Cadden.


2016 Course Catalog Released, Authorized Training Partners Recognized by Crane Institute of America

Posted on December 8, 2015 • Comments Off on 2016 Course Catalog Released, Authorized Training Partners Recognized by Crane Institute of America

December 8, 2015 (Sanford, Fla.) – Crane Institute of America has released its course catalog for the first half of 2016. Employers have the option of more than 200 opportunities to get employees trained in 20 operations, inspection, and management courses for users of aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and rigging equipment.

IMG_3286-2Open enrollment classes are available from Crane Institute’s headquarters near Orlando, Fla., as well as dozens of cities across the United States through June 2016. No matter the topic, courses are designed to incorporate the latest OSHA and ASME standards, best practices for reducing risk, and hands-on technical instruction. New programs available in 2016 include a two-day Lift Director class, three-day Lift Planner Workshop, and two-day Assembly/Disassembly Director class.

Don’t miss these exclusive promotions:

  • $200 savings when taking the A/D Director and Lift Director programs together.
  • 1 Free use of online training program with participation in qualified Train-the-Trainer courses, a $395 to $595 value dependent on course.
  • Free email follow-up services regarding technical questions any time after training.

Crane Institute trainers rank among the industry’s best. Since 2010, three instructors from Crane Institute of America have received Honorable Mention recognition from Crane & Rigging Hot Line and Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals for demonstrating excellence in crane and rigging training. In 2015, Carl Whitaker, training specialist, joined the ranks of these top-notch trainers. Previously recognized were Wendell Gray in 2012 and Bill Schofield in 2010.

For information about open enrollment classes:

Authorized training partners

In addition, Crane Institute now offers Training Partnerships, featuring technical support and authorized instruction materials, to CIA-certified trainers.  Authorized training partners receive professionally developed Crane Institute training materials at discounted prices, are co-branded on all certificates of training, and receive automatic training updates.  The following companies have recently achieved status as Authorized Training Partners:

  • Alaska Crane, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Industrial Kiln & Dryer Group, Louisville, Ky.
  • Mountain Shadows Crane Consultants LLC, Los Lunas, N.M.
  • North Dakota Crane Certification, Minot, N.D.
  • Safety Works LLC, W. Dickinson, N.D.

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Tracy Bennett

Carl Whitaker, Crane Institute Training Specialist, Recognized for Excellence in Crane & Rigging Training

Posted on November 20, 2015 • 1 Comment

November 19, 2015 (Sanford, Fla.) – Carl Whitaker, a training specialist for Crane Institute of America since 2007, was recently named 2015 Professional Honorable Mention by Crane & Rigging Hot Line and Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals, announces Crane Institute.

The Annual Training Excellence Award winners are selected by a panel of industry judges for having a positive impact on safety, encouraging accountability in the workplace, and demonstrating qualities of innovation and leadership.

“Carl’s success as a trainer is due to blending illustrative and hands-on techniques while taking a learner-centered approach,” said Jim Headley, President of Crane Institute. “Carl knows that people learn by doing. In classic learner-centered fashion, Carl frequently answers his students’ questions with questions of his own.”

Whitaker was just one of three trainers in the Professional category to receive Honorable Mention. According to the November 2015 report, “Falling just a few points behind the Top Trainer, [Honorable Mention trainers] also deserve recognition for their achievements as trainers.”

Upon receiving news of his selection as an Honorable Mention Top Trainer, Whitaker said: “There are a lot of good instructors out there. It is an honor to be listed in the ranks with such top quality instructors. I give God the credit for giving me the skills, and thank Crane Institute of America for giving me the to
ols and opportunity. Our job as instructors in the crane and rigging industry is an extremely important element in helping students be safer.”

Teaching an Inspector class, Hands On

Carl Whitaker, 2015 Honorable Mention, Professional Top Trainer, is at home teaching students in the classroom and in the field.

Whitaker has 22 years of experience as a crane and rigging trainer. He gained much of his expertise while working in heavy industry for a graphite electrodes manufacturer, where he gained firsthand knowledge of equipment operation, maintenance, and plant operations.

“Many of the companies that submitted recommendations for Carl frequently request him by name when scheduling training,” said Headley. “We appreciate the commendations from Beitzel Corp., Gulf Power, South Carolina Ports Authority, Timkin Motor & Crane Service, the U.S. Marine Corps, and his former employer, Showa Denko Carbon Inc.”

Headley continued: “Carl is an integral part of Crane Institute’s customized on-site training programs, which are designed to your specifications and use equipment your employees are familiar with. We congratulate him on this well-deserved achievement.”

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Mighty Mo Media Partners, LLC
Tracy Bennett

Last 2 Championship Finalists Revealed

Posted on October 7, 2015 • 2 Comments

Crane Institute of America hosted the final regional qualifier event for the 2014-15 Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition in Louisville, Kentucky at the Papa John’s Cardinal Center, Green Lot C. The event was held Monday, September 28 where two lucky operators advanced to the Championship and a chance to win $10,000.

Although the spirit of competition was in the air with a chance at $10,000, the skills required to be successful are just as important to operators working in the industry. The regional event consisted of barrel dunk, slalom, pipe and rigging challenges.

One contestant, Mitchell Cornelius from Birmingham, Alabama, started as a crane operator about 15 years ago. Cornelius doesn’t operate cranes on a daily basis working for Crane U, but you wouldn’t know it as he walked away with the top score and $300! When asked how crane operation today differs from ten to twenty years ago, Cornelius replied, “Obviously the technology has changed, but safety is the big one. It’s a major departure from the lax approach safety has since in the past.” He added, “I mean, safety was pretty much looked down upon back in the day. They’d call you a wimp if they saw you wearing gloves while tag lining or doing something by the books. It’s just how it was.”

Also displaying a strong performance, winning $200 and advancing to the Championship was Randy Warner from Building Crafts, Inc. Warner started his career on the Florida coast at 19 years old and now resides near Cincinnati, Ohio. He responded to the question, ‘What is the most rewarding part of your job’ with, “What I find to be rewarding is going home at the end of every day knowing that is was a safe day for everyone on the job site.”

Crane Institute thanks everyone who participated and congratulates Mitchell Cornelius and Randy Warner on joining 13 other finalist in the Championship held September 29 at the ICUEE Demo Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.

Crane Institute of America offers Mobile Crane Operator training which covers industry best practices. Let us bring the training to you or attend a scheduled program at our facility near Orlando, Florida.

Crane Institute Regional Event

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Final Regional Event to Qualify for Championship

Crane Institute Trainers Participate in In-Service Education, Charitable Projects

Posted on August 27, 2015 • 4 Comments


Mary Cooper of Engaging Outcomes pictured with Crane Institute Training Specialists at the 2015 Annual Meeting.

August 24, 2015 (Sanford, Fla.) – Crane Institute of America (CIA) held its annual in-service training meeting for its 15 training specialists at the company’s headquarters June 30-July 2, 2015. “The purpose of our annual meeting is to keep our trainers apprised of the latest standards and regulations and provide skills development to increase their effectiveness in delivering training to our customers,” said Jim Headley, President.

“Our training is student-centered, not instructor-centered, which requires our trainers to be knowledgeable enough to meet the diverse needs of our students,” explained Headley.  “We pride ourselves in communicating complex information in a simple format which is easy to understand and apply.”

To help build on trainers’ existing knowledge and skills, Mary Cooper, former Disney executive and founder of a national training company called Engaging Outcomes, presented “Tips for Your Training Toolbox.” Emphasis was placed on helping trainers get students actively engaged in learning and how to make training interesting, relevant, and useful. Crane Institute trainers came away energized by the new training skills learned and eager to put them into practice.

In addition to instructor skills development, Crane Institute trainers, who often spend considerable time on the road as part of their job, participated in business travel safety training presented by the Florida Department of Transportation and Great Escapes Travel.  Topics included the causes and results of distracted driving, railroad crossing awareness, and international travel safety procedures.

CIA’s ongoing commitment to promote a safe working environment and meet in-house OSHA safety requirements was fulfilled by instructors participating in its annual review of policies and procedures.  Instructors revisited a variety of topics including risk assessment, first aid, HAZCOM, blood borne pathogens, and employee conduct which are relevant at headquarters and at client locations. These procedures help provide a consistent guide of safety to CIA staff and clients.


CIA staff work together preparing meals for hungry children in Honduras.

Instructors were introduced to new management level program curriculum for Lift Director, Lift Planner, and Assembly/Disassembly Director, which were rolled out during the first quarter of 2015. The courses extend beyond basic compliance and provide best practices designed around industry ASME B30.5 standards, and cover additional topics such as hazard identification, special operations, planning and communication, and safety protocols.

Finally, more than 30 Crane Institute staff and instructors set time aside during the week-long in-service meeting to give back to the community. Feeding Children Everywhere is a hunger relief organization located in Central Florida. Working together in assembly line fashion, Crane Institute volunteers packed meals to feed 5,184 people in less than an hour—a process that usually takes twice that time, according to Feeding Children Everywhere leaders.

About Crane Institute
For almost 30 years Crane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla., has offered training for operators, inspectors, safety managers, lift directors, and riggers and signalpersons working with mobile cranes, overhead cranes, tower cranes, aerial lift and forklifts. It is an authorized CIC written and practical exam testing site.

Crane Institute Achieves an ‘A’ Performance Rating from Customers

Posted on August 26, 2015 • Comments Off on Crane Institute Achieves an ‘A’ Performance Rating from Customers

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Who is ISNetworld?

ISNetworld is a web-based database for connecting clients with reliable prospective contractors.  Maintaining safety metrics, insurance certificates, and quality and regulatory information on contractors and suppliers can often be a strain on internal resources. ISN streamlines these processes, saving time and improving safety standards. The result is lower incident rates and higher compliance numbers among ISN users.

Recently, CIA customers around the globe suggested that they needed faster access to regulatory information.  In response, CIA took immediate action and subscribed to ISNetworld (ISN). As a result, CIA clients, that are also ISN subscribers, have immediate access to CIA’s key performance records and regulatory standards.

“ISN is a great tool that will help us build a more transparent relationship with our clients while continuing to ensure that Crane Institute remains to be a safe business partner,” says Jim Headley, President of Crane Institute of America.

CIA is proud to announce that as a result of this positive change, it has earned “A” ratings from two respected clients, Georgia Pacific, LLC and two International Paper facilities.

CIA is committed to maintaining the same high level of safety and transparency through ISN and other centralized databases.  We invite all of our clients to join the more than 60,000 contractors and suppliers that have already moved to this more streamlined, automated business process.

Crane Institute of America Welcomes Five New Authorized Training Partners

Posted on August 20, 2015 • Comments Off on Crane Institute of America Welcomes Five New Authorized Training Partners

Five new Authorized Training Partners are now licensed to train using Crane Institute of America’s (CIA) training materials and resources, further expanding Crane Institute training programs to customers globally.

Welcome New Partners!

IndustrialKilnLogoTommie Burgess
Industrial Kiln & Dryer Group
12711 Townepark Way
Louisville, KY 40243

Industrial Kiln & Dryer Group, a company dedicated to supporting customers, is the industry leading provider of solutions for rotary processing equipment. Tommie Burgess, a certified Crane Institute of America, LLC rigger/signalperson trainer since March 2014, specializes in project management in the industrial field with a focus on strengthening pre-job planning systems and creating an environment focused on safety.


Mountain Shadows Crane Consultants, LLC.

Adam Dunstan
Mountain Shadows Crane Consultants, LLC
14 Selleck Rd
Los Lunas, NM 87031

Adam Dunstan has been a Certified Mobile Crane and Rigger/Signalperson Trainer with Crane Institute of America, LLC since November 2014. He also does lift planning and crane inspections.



Luke Hough
Gerald Moore
Alaska Crane
11900 South Gambell Street
Anchorage, AK 99515

Catering to the construction, mechanical, telecommunications, and oil and gas industries, Alaska Crane owns and operates professionally certified cranes ranging from a 28 ton boom truck to a 600 ton lattice crawler crane. Whether it’s training your operators and riggers, renovating a dam, or building a bridge on Alaska’s North Slope, Alaska Crane is right for the job!

Luke Hough has been a Certified Mobile Crane and Rigger/Signalperson Trainer with Crane Institute of America, LLC since March 2014 while Gerald Moore has been a Certified Rigger/Signalperson Trainer with Crane Institute of America, LLC since March 2014.



Elizabeth Okerson
Safety Works, LLC
18 1st Street
Dickinson, ND 58601

Safety Works, LLC offers safety and OSHA compliance services in the areas of First Aid, CPR, and AED, Forklift training, Confined Space training, Ives Certified Loader Group, H2S training, and many more! Safety Works, LLC manages company ISN, PEC, and DOT information and is a member of the North Dakota Safety Council. Since February 2015, Elizabeth Okerson has been a Certified Overhead Crane Operator Trainer through Crane Institute of America, LLC.

North Dakota Crane Certification

Mike Sarlo
North Dakota Crane Certification
4600 N. Broadway
Minot, ND 58703

North Dakota Crane Certification is a crane operator training and certification company providing CIC certifications, with training locations in Minot and West Fargo, N.D. They also offer training at your site with the flexibility to meet your schedule 24/7. NDCC also provides signalman and rigger training and qualification classes, and mobile and overhead crane inspections. Mike Sarlo has been a Certified Mobile and Overhead Crane Trainer through Crane Institute of America, LLC since April 2013.

Consider Joining the Partnership Team!

Crane Institute to host Final Crane Operator Regional Qualifier

Posted on August 11, 2015 • 1 Comment


The slalom challenge requires weaving the barrel through a course. This operator is shown competing at Crane Institute’s 2013 Skills Competition held near Orlando, Florida.

August 7, 2015 (Sanford, Fla.) – Crane Institute of America will host the Midwest Regional Qualifier, the last and final regional event for the 2014-2015 Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition, prior to the Championship.

The Midwest Regional skills competition takes place in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 28. The best two operators will advance to the Championship the next day at the ICUEE Demo Expo. Finalists from around the country will compete for the $10,000 Grand Prize.

Operators will compete on an Altec AC45-127 boom truck, sponsored by Altec, Inc. The crane will be setup on SafetyTech DR42-2 outrigger pads supplied by DICA. Competition standards and scoring are designed by Crane Institute Certification and administered by CIC Practical Examiners. The competition includes three crane operation challenges to assess load handling skills. An additional 20% of the overall score assesses the operator’s knowledge of basic rigging principles, including inspection and selection of appropriate rigging, designed by Columbus McKinnon Corp.

Crane Institute of America will award cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 to the top three, and admission to ICUEE to the top two regional finishers. Space is limited. Priority given to pre-registered operators. $50 registration fee per operator.

Date: Sept. 28, 2015
Location: Papa John’s Cardinal Center
Green Lot C, S. Floyd Street, Louisville, Ky.
Enter parking lot from Floyd St., South of Central Ave.
Register at

Video from Crane Institute’s 2012 Regional Event.

About Crane Institute
For almost 30 years Crane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla., has offered training for operators, inspectors, safety managers, lift directors, and riggers and signalpersons working with mobile cranes, overhead cranes, tower cranes, aerial lift and forklifts. It is an authorized CIC written and practical exam testing site.

Lifting with a Telehandler

Posted on August 8, 2015 • 2 Comments

Aerial_JCB_telehandler_3There has been discussion on LinkedIn for some time about the legality of using a choker (wire rope sling in a choker hitch) over the forks of a telehandler (rough-terrain forklift). Our training specialist Bill Schofield weighed in, explaining that the OSHA regulations and industry standards do not prohibit this, but  it’s important to keep in mind they typically would not address anything this specific because it could make them legally responsible.

There are better ways to lift a load with a telehandler, such as using a jib attachment with a hoist or an hook attachment that spans the forks. But it can be done, using standard rigging safety guidelines:

  • Protect the sling from the fork edges
  • Prevent the sling from sliding off the fork
  • Do not overload the sling, fork, or telehandler

But really better yet, use a crane! Different types of machinery are designed purposefully for different types of lifts and it’s always safest to remain within manufacturers’ guidelines.

April 22, 2016
In response to customer feedback, and for safety, we are adding this warning to the blog:
At no time should any load be suspended from the forks by use of chains, ropes, straps, etc. If a load must be suspended, the use of a truss (jib) boom is mandatory. Proper rigger procedures should always be followed.