Collisions are always a potential hazard when there are more than one tower crane on the job site with overlapping coverage. There are anti-collision devices that will attempt to prevent accidents from occurring, but standard operational safety should be the primary source in avoiding collisions.
It is believed that this collision occurred because the Jost hydraulic crane was out of service with its jib raised in the path of the flat-top saddle jib tower crane. The operator sustained head injuries in the collision.
April 3, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)—Crane Institute of America announces the availability of the newest edition of the industry’s favorite crane handbook. Mobile Cranes, 10th edition, by James Headley, is an excellent study guide for mobile crane operators who are preparing to take accredited certification exams.
Filled with useful illustrations, clear explanations, and real-world examples, the handbook covers essential topics on crane setup, operation, and hazards. First published in 1999, the 10th edition includes important updates reflecting the latest industry standards and best practices.
For the first time, Service/Mechanics trucks are referenced. This equipment can be found anywhere heavy equipment or machinery is used, such as mines, gas and oil fields, utility sub-stations or your local crane rental company. The addition of Service/Mechanic Truck Cranes is important with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1400 requiring the qualification, or certification, of operators if the equipment used in activities other than maintenance and repair.
Perhaps the most important section of Mobile Cranes, is the chapter on Load Charts. “It is not enough to know how to use load charts, but to know why load charts must be followed for safe operation,” said James Headley, author of the book and President of Crane Institute of America.
Topics covered in the handbook:
- Crane Types & Components
- Load Charts
- Conditions that Reduce Capacity
- Pre-Operational Inspection
- Crane Setup
- Working Near Power Lines
- Operating Practices & Procedures
- Hoisting Personnel
Don’t let the handbook’s compact size fool you. It’s packed with valuable information and sized perfectly to fit in your vehicle’s glove compartment.
About the Author
James Headley has spent more than 40 years working in the crane and rigging industry. After serving a crane apprenticeship through Operating Engineers Local 312...
Crane Institute of America features Complete Package Train-the-Trainer program for corporate trainers
March 31, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.) — Crane Institute of America awarded prizes to five individuals during CONEXPO-CON/AGG, March 4-8, 2014. Prizes included “The Complete Package,” a new train-the-trainer combination program, which allows trainers to become a Crane Institute of America certified trainer and a Crane Institute Certification (CIC) authorized practical examiner in two weeks.
Crane Institute of America congratulates the following individuals for Unlocking the Key to Safety during the show:
- Larry Hopkins, Operating Engineers Training Trust, Whittier, CA
- Jeff Smith, PAR Electrical Contractors, Kansas City, MO
- Hugh Baptiste, AFC Crane Hawaii Inc., Honolulu, HI
- Shannon Syzdek, Liebherr, Houston, TX
- Simon and Linda Dzajkich, Southwest Concrete Products, Oak Hills, CA
The Mobile Crane Complete Package covers current standards, causes of accidents, interpreting load charts, pre-op inspection, and crane setup. In addition, trainers may lease Crane Institute of America’s online training program materials. Both limited and unlimited licenses are available.
Upon completion of the CIC Authorized Practical Examiner portion of the package, trainers can conduct in-house practical exams to certify crane operators to meet or exceed OSHA requirements. CIC is a nationally accredited, OSHA-recognized certification for crane operators, riggers, and signalpersons.
About Crane Institute of America
For more than 25 years Crane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla., has offered training for operators, inspectors, safety managers, lift directors, and riggers and signalpersons working with aerial lifts, forklifts, boom trucks, mobile cranes, overhead cranes, and tower cranes. It is an authorized CIC written and practical exam testing site. For information, visit dev-crane-institute.pantheonsite.io.
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Each year at the SC&RA’s rigging workshop meet, the US crane industry gathers together to discuss the most important issues affecting the US market. This year was an atmosphere of anticipation with several major decisions from regulators dragging on and a noticeable changes in the US market yet to occur. Zak Garner-Purkis attended the event to hear what the US lifting industry had to say. The following is an interview with Crane Institute Director, James Headley.
Cranes Institute of America’s certifying body Crane Institute Certification is one of those that tests by capacity, and believes this is the way to go. Director James Headley says, “We have federal OSHA which applies to all states and territories, but some states have their own OSHA plan. A state can have its own regulations, but the regulations can’t be less stringent than federal OSHA. For example CalOSHA is much more stringent than federal OSHA and requires operator certification.”
“A hot topic right now is what OSHA is going to do about the operator certification type and capacity law that was due to be required in November 2014. Crane Institute Certification (CIC) thinks it’s reasonable for crane operators to be certified by type and capacity as the law currently requires and others want it taken out, which I can understand since their certifications will not meet the new law. We’ll see what happens but CIC won’t change its program. We will continue to certify by type and have different capacity levels.”
“The Cranes and Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (CDAC) was put together by OSHA to write the new cranes and derrick regulation. The committee met for a year and drafted the new regulation that went into effect in 2010, however OSHA allowed until November 2014 for operators to be certified, which was to be...
Crane Institute Certification (CIC), recently announced that the mobile crane operator designation, Friction Crane, will be available in 2014. A friction crane is a lattice boom crane that uses clutches and foot brakes for load control instead of a hydraulic system as with modern lattice boom cranes. Friction cranes are no longer manufactured; however, many are still in use on job sites. Since these cranes are still in service and their operation is completely different than their modern counterpart, it is important for accrediting agencies to test operator skills on the crane types they are expected to operate. Read Press Release here.
CIC Currently offers accredited certifications for:
Telescoping Boom Cranes, under 21 tons
Telescoping Boom Cranes, 21-75 tons
Telescoping Boom Cranes, over 75 tons
Lattice Boom Cranes, 1-300 tons
Lattice Boom Cranes, over 300 tons
Articulating Boom Cranes
Qualified Riggers & Signalpersons
For more information about CIC Accredited Certifications, visit: www.CICert.com.
Get prepared with Crane Institute! We offer preparatory classes for taking CIC Written Certification Exams.
The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2012 (Preliminary Results), provides information about worker fatalities. The overall number of reported worker fatalities decreased from 4,693 in 2011 to 4,383 in 2012. The three states with the highest number of occupational fatalities are:
(1) Texas (531) increase of 18% for 2012.
(2) California (339) decrease of 13% for 2012.
(3) Florida (209) decrease of almost 8% for 2012.
Training for employees is the first step in reducing the number of worker fatalities. Partner with Crane Institute of America and receive quality training, unmatched by competitors. Our Rigger/Signalperson Training Program teaches students the importance of a signalperson at the job site. This one person, if properly trained, can help reduce the number of worker fatalities in the ‘Contact with object or equipment’ area. Even if your employees have already been trained, Crane Institute of America can perform a Site Safety Assessment providing employers with a report detailing information about the site and procedures, as well as how to remedy any problems to reduce the risk of accidents.
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2012 (Preliminary Results). http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf.
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These statements describe what our training specialists experienced this past week. Content updates, OSHA and other regulatory discussions, hands-on experiences, as well as practical ideas that instructors can use in a variety of training situations were all covered in a few action-packed days. We were especially challenged by Carole Borne of Learning Connections who presented a Train-the-Trainer program. This program consisted of professional training techniques, platform facilitating skills and dealing with different types of learners and more. The important concept we came away with is that we must keep learning…all the time. We at Crane Institute are constantly educating ourselves and developing new ways to present our materials in a relevant method to help others learn. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!
Last week Crane Institute of America conducted a 4-day Mobile Crane Operator training program which included hands-on instruction. The class was a full one with 19 students. That is why we encourage students to register as soon as possible to reserve their spot. It is truly a wonderful sight to see so many companies making safety a priority and we are honored to be a part of it.
Our Mobile Crane Operator training programs are an excellent preparation for those planning to take the CIC Nationally Accredited Mobile Crane Operator Written and Practical Certification Exams. We are pleased to say that most of the students in attendance last week made the plan to stay the extra day and take the certification exams. We would like to wish those students good luck on their practical and written exams!