Crane Institute of America now has a LinkedIn Group dedicated to safety in the crane and rigging industry.
Become a member and join the discussions on topics like crane safety, operator certification, accident prevention and more. Use this group to ask questions and receive feedback from others like you in the industry or Crane Institute Instructors with over 400 years of combined experience. It’s a great way to stay updated with the latest news, or even share your experience while working in the industry.
Crane Institute Announces Plans for New Programs
August 4, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.) — More than 15 Training Specialists for Crane Institute of America recently met at Crane Institute’s headquarters for Annual In-Service Training in order to provide the best possible customer experience. All Training Specialists are certified and qualified through Crane Institute of America. The training session includes refreshers on the latest equipment and changes to regulations.
The training meeting included a conference call with Crane Institute Certification’s (CIC) Executive Director, Debbie Dickinson, to learn more about OSHA’s proposed delay of crane operator certification requirements. CIC submitted viable solutions to OSHA with the intent to satisfy the agency’s concerns over employer responsibility to qualify workers. Subsequently, an industry coalition, including CIC, was formed to represent the interests of the crane industry.
In other news, Dickinson reported three states have or will adopt language requiring certification or licensing by crane type and size. These include California, Washington, and New York. Finally, she announced the launch of two new CIC certifications; Service Mechanics Truck and Lift Director.
New Programs and Resources
Crane Institute of America announced to its Training Specialists new programs currently in development. Two new training courses for people involved in crane management are set to be released in Fall 2014. The new Lift Director and Lift Planner courses are designed to prepare students for the CIC Lift Director Certification Exams. In addition, look for a course for Assembly/Disassembly Director in 2015.
Also new is a metric version of the handbook, Rigging, available for purchase on Crane Institute’s online store this September.
Crane Institute now has a public LinkedIn group, called Crane and Rigging, for those in the industry with related questions. Crane Institute Training Specialists offer a credible source...
Founder and President of Crane Institute of America, James Headley, will be a guest speaker at CRC/ICHC 2014. Join him December 3 in Houston, Texas as he presents “Understanding Adult Learning Styles when Developing an Effective Training Program.”
Headley will be discussing the difference between student- and instructor-centered training; the uniqueness of adult learning; and the essential steps for the development of a quality training program. The session will include a demonstration of load chart interpretation, complete with a hands-on exercise for attendees.
Interested in attending? Register at www.craneandriggingconference.com before Aug. 1, 2014 for $495 ($595 after Aug. 1, 2014).
Check out our upcoming July Newsletter and learn how to save $100 on CRC/ICHC registration.
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: In your estimation, what does it cost to keep a crane and rigging staff trained, certified and up to date annually?
Dickinson: Depending on the work and how much on the job supervision and training takes place, personnel may need formal training and certification only every three to five years. CIC nationally accredited certifications are valid for five years. For companies that have their own cranes, operators can be trained and certified for $900 to $1,000 when a part of a group of 8 to 12. That averages about $200 a year for training and certification. In addition, the average operator needs four to five days to be trained and tested. Again, looking across five years, that brings us to $200 a year in average costs, plus one day a year amortized over the length of certification. CIC certifications are not crane specific, unless an employer requests crane-specific testing. Thus, typically the cost of a crane is averaged at two days, per group of 8 to 12, amortized over a five year period.
Training Round-up: Obstacles for Crane and Transport Companies
Training Round-up: The Biggest Issue in Crane Safety
Training Round-up: Common Crane Accidents & Prevention
Training Round-up: Industry Acceptance of Training & Certification
Courtesy of American Cranes & Transport
January 2014, Volume 10, Issue 1