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...
When synthetic round slings were introduced, the big concern was how to determine if fibers, hidden by the protective jacket, were broken.
At first, many companies and government agencies banned them because the fibers could not be inspected. However, the jacket around the sling has always been made to fit loose. When it became tight or load baring, most likely internal fibers had broken.
Because of the continued resistance of buyers, manufacturers began installing external indicators of fiber failure. One method uses a large fiber that sticks out through the jacket seam. When the fiber isn’t visible, it indicates that too many fibers have broken. Another method is to include a fiber optic thread among the fibers. If a light beam cannot be seen through the fiber, it indicates that the fiber optic cord as well as other fibers have broken.
Our Rigging Equipment Inspector training program includes inspection of synthetic rope slings.
For more information on inspecting synthetic slings, check out SLINGMAX Rigging Solutions.
While vacationing, a Crane Institute Instructor visited wine country, Napa Valley, California and took a gondola, much like a ski lift, ride through the vineyard.
On cranes, hoist wire rope is one piece that can not be spliced, think of a straight line. For gondola or ski lifts, think of a circle. The two ends need to be spliced together to make a continuous piece. This type of splice is as strong as the wire rope itself.
A recent example of such splicing is when Steamboat Springs in Colorado, replaced their ski lift wire rope after 21 years and 54,000 hours of service. The wire rope of these lifts have a longer life than those installed on cranes for two main reasons. The sheaves, or bull wheels, that the rope runs on have a large D:d ratio. There is no shock loading or contact between the wire rope and other objects.
The Steamboat Springs rope was replaced with 3.4 miles of 6 x 39 plastic core wire rope, weighing 60 tons. To achieve the desired strength, the splice was 250 foot long and 10 foot of each end was hand tucked. ANSI B77-1 Passenger Ropeways Standard states that the splice length must be at least 1,200 times the diameter of the rope.
Beached whales in Montana?
These three aircraft fuselages look more like beached whales than sleek Boeing 737’s after their train derailed causing them to slide down an embankment into a river.
The good news is the railroads have some of the biggest hauling equipment and cranes around. This equipment is used to lift and move heavy materials all the time. Even better news is that the fuselages are still attached to their railroad cars and the cars are right side up.
To the average railroader, pulling 70 tons of railroad cars and airplane fuselages up a river bank to the rails is just another wreck clearance job. Railroad wreck clearance crews know how to push, pull and lift heavy loads like locomotives.
For this job, they positioned 4 D8s or D9s side boom cranes at the top of the riverbank near the rails to serve as anchors for their rear-mounted winches. With this 160-200 ton anchor in place, they attached their winch wire rope to the railroad car and pulled the car and cargo to the top.
Side boom cranes or tractors have a boom mounted on the side of a tracked or wheeled vehicle made by Caterpillar, Case and Kamatsu. They can be used in many crane applications but they are about the only crane that can be used, in gangs, to lay large diameter continuously welded pipe. They can be equipped with a rear mounted winch which can pull with tremendous hydraulic force while being anchored in place by 40-50 ton tractors.
Railroad cranes are regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration and not by OSHA; however the highest regulatory standards should always be followed.
Railroad cranes are special purpose cranes but CIA offers a variety of training programs.
One of our instructors, Randy Bucher, recently got the honor of sitting in Bigge’s 125D, an A-Frame Derrick crane with 1,520 ton capacity.
This derrick crane has a stationary counterweight of 5,600 tons. The crane runs on a track around the counterweight providing 360° operation. The twin boom length is 560 ft and requires 2-1/2 inch cable.
Read more about this Super Crane from Bigge.
Crane Institute can provide On-Site Derrick Operator Training Programs; contact our On-Site Coordinator, Marty Whittington for a cost proposal.
On July 3, 2014, Crane Institute of America Certification (CIC) announced their most recent accreditation. CIC is not only accredited through National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), but they are now American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited in the following crane operator categories:
- Small Telescoping Boom Crane, Under 21 Tons
- Medium Telescoping Boom Crane, 21-75 Tons
- Large Telescoping Boom Crane, Over 75 Tons
- Lattice Boom Crawler/Truck Crane, 1-300 Tons
CIC is one of the few Mobile Crane Operator Certification accredited testing agencies in the nation, and is continuing to be a cut above the rest. This recognition will continue to validate CIC testing to the crane and rigging industry.Click here to read CIC’s press release.
Where the Best of the Best Meet Again
At the Crane Institute, the fourth of July is not only America’s Birthday, but the time for our Annual In-Service Instructor’s Training. This year, all 16 of our instructors met to remain up-to-date on their certifications, discuss the latest events relevant to our industry, consider ways to better serve our students and their employers, and re-connect with those responsible for the behind-the-scenes operations
Run for cover! There is a crane in my neighborhood setting roof trusses.
Seriously, there are dozens of crane accidents on YouTube. It seems as if most cranes end up on the roof of the house they were meant to build or reach over.
I think, there are two main reasons for all the videos of crane accidents on YouTube: One is that cranes are interesting to watch, and if they are in a public setting someone is going to take a picture or video of it. The other is that most residential contractors won’t pay for a professional crane company. Instead, they use a taxi rental company, or even worse, they rent a crane from a tool rental company and operate it themselves.
When working in residential areas, there is also the problem of where to setup. Yards, streets, sidewalks, and driveways don’t have the capacity to support a crane. And, of course, you’d have to setup in the street because you can’t mess up an owner’s yard causing the operator to reach over the house to set a pool or spa. Before you know it, the crane runs out of capacity and ends up in someone’s living room.
If you happen to be a spectator, just remember to keep a safe distance!
Synthetic round, grommet or endless slings are stronger and even lighter than other slings given their rated capacity.
There are two reasons for this. Not weaving the synthetic fibers, but instead, forming a loop of loose fibers that nest together without overlapping, eliminates cutting of internal fibers. Endless slings are inherently twice as strong when used in vertical and basket hitches as compared to their single legged counterparts. Round slings are covered with a non-load bearing sleeve which protects the loops of loose fibers.
Some theatrical round slings, identified by a black sleeve, take this idea one step further by replacing fibers with steel wires that would normally be used to make wire rope.
Manufacturers, like Lift-it, are making round sling assemblies with hardware already included. They may add a hook or link to a single sling or make multi-leg bridles with hooks and links. In order to accomplish this, slings must be manufactured around the hardware.
Our Rigging Equipment Inspector training program includes inspection of synthetic rope slings.
May 27, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)—Crane Institute of America announces the release of the first cards in the new Ready Reference Series. The laminated, pocket-sized cards cover topics that are useful for lift directors and crane and rigging inspectors, as well as others with responsibility for overseeing crane activities on the job site.
The first three cards in the Ready Reference Series feature Wire Rope Inspection, Crane Setup, and Working Around Power Lines.
“Both ASME B30.5 and OSHA 1926 Subpart CC for Cranes and Derricks in Construction discuss the job site responsibilities for controlling entities, site supervisors, lift directors, assembly/disassembly directors, crane owners, and others. The Ready Reference Cards are designed to provide these individuals with technical and safety guidelines that are reflection of industry standards and regulations,” said Jim Headley, President and CEO of Crane Institute of America.
The Wire Rope Inspection card makes it easy for inspectors to determine when the wire rope must be removed from service. The card lists wire rope sizes from 3/8” to 1-3/4” (10 mm to 45 mm on back) and the minimum diameter allowed in both fractions and decimals – taking the math out of the inspection.
Crane Setup addresses site preparation, one of the most important aspect of crane operation and explains who is responsible for ensuring the ground will support the crane and loads lifted. Additional information is provided on positioning the crane, maintaining clearances with power lines, and avoiding potentially unstable ground.
Working Around Power Lines summarizes key information about the clearances required when working near or driving under power lines, how and when to use signalpersons. It also includes reminders about how operators and other personnel are to respond in case of contact with live lines.
Future Ready Reference cards will cover Assembly/Disassembly and other topics for individuals...