Crane Institute of America supports National Safety Month. National Safety Month is an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
One of the first steps in safety is training and Crane Institute of America provides industry-leading programs which focus on safe operating, inspecting and rigging procedures and techniques on different types of equipment. Educating personnel is the most effective way to maintain a safe job site.
Safety starts here. . .but ends with you!
Last week, CIC attended the 2013 Crane & Rigging | Industrial Crane & Hoists Conference (CRC | ICHC). This conference is held by MCM Events in both the US and Canada. This isn’t your typical conference, attendees have the opportunity to network in small groups, visit vendor exhibits, and experience hands-on learning. One of the break-out session speakers was Fraser Cocks, Executive Director of the B.C. Association for Crane Safety. CIC has partnered with BCACS to develop a reciprocal crane operator certification.
Crane Institute of America Founder and Director, James Headley was also in attendance at the CRC | ICHC Conference. He showed his support for CIC.
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Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Office for Crane Institute Certification
Friday, May 17, 2013
|Last week, two of our very own, Jim and Susan Headley attended the Grand Opening of Crane Institute Certification’s (CIC) new Customer Support Office in Villa Rica, Georgia. Villa Rica is located 30 miles west of Atlanta. Jim Headley is President of Crane Institute of America (CIA) and a member of CIC’s Governing Committee. Susan Headley is President of CIC and CFO of CIA. The ceremony began with opening remarks by Pastor and Villa Rica Downtown Development Authority member, Chad Sadorf, who gave a brief description of the services CIC provides. He concluded his remarks with this statement, “each day you come to work here you are saving lives.” City Councilman Patrick Henrickson also welcomed CIC to his district along with his support and encouragement.Speakers were followed by an official ribbon cutting, a tour of the office and refreshments. Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director of CIC, remarked, “We have been very blessed with over 250 test sites nationwide and are now moving into Canada and Europe. CIC has the support of hundreds of CIC Authorized Examiners, test sites and thousands of satisfied customers.” The expansion of the Villa Rica office will continue the high quality customer support that its customers have come to expect.|| |
Article By: James Headley | Director, Crane Institute of America, Inc.
Over the last several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in discussions with OSHA over ongoing questions surrounding the Cranes & Derricks regulation. In March the Steel Erectors Association of America invited Dean McKenzie, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, and Jim Maddux, Director, Office of Construction Services for the Directorate of Construction to answer questions posed by its members during its annual convention, held in New Orleans, La. Then in April, I spoke at one of the crane industry stakeholder meetings hosted by OSHA in Washington, D.C.
Within the industry opinions are strong and quite fractured on two key issues. The first is whether certification is equivalent to qualification. The second stems around the value of testing operators by type and capacity.
Regarding certification being equal to qualification, it’s interesting that OSHA is at this crossroads when it comes to crane operators, when elsewhere in the crane regulation, a strong distinction is made between the two as it applies to riggers.
During the Steel Erectors meeting, OSHA officials Jim Maddux and Dean McKenzie made it clear that employers are responsible for making sure a rigger is qualified for the work assigned, which was characterized this way: “If you hand me the prettiest, gold-plated card that says you are a qualified rigger, I will take that under advisement then continue my interview process to make sure you are indeed qualified for what you are rigging today. There is no known rigging course that guarantees you carte blanche that you are a qualified rigger.”
When it comes to operator certification and qualification, OSHA needs to clarify to the industry if it is taking a different approach than it has with riggers. Is OSHA implying in the regulation that achieving certification...
Mobile Crane Operator Training program from the perspective of a Crane Institute employee, Eduardo Carcache.
I’ve been working at Crane Institute for over a year and felt well equipped to provide customers with the information and service they deserved but at this point there was still very little I knew about cranes, actually, I knew practically nothing, I’m a marketing major not a crane operator! Upon the insistence of our director and president, Jim Headley, I attended the three-day Mobile Crane Operator course offered at Crane Institute to further my knowledge about our business and to emulate the experience of our students. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous before class but those nerves were put to rest rather quickly due to the extremely comfortable atmosphere in class. Although it was obvious I was the new guy who knew nothing about cranes, the other students helped out whenever they could. Our class got to know each other a bit and before long we were talking like old pals. It was a good introduction into the “World of cranes.” In just the first day, I had learned more about cranes then I had ever known and I attribute that to our terrific instructors. Seeing one of our instructors in action and how effective they were in communicating the information was impressive. In addition, the instructor /student interaction was a welcome change from the usual co-worker interactions of the past. By the third and final day of class, I was thinking, “Hey, I can probably do this!” and after some review, we prepared to take our exams. In just three days I went from having very little crane knowledge to being a qualified mobile crane operator trainee. I consider this a testament to the training provided by...
Crane Institute Certification (CIC) recently completed its annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. In addition to executing its normal governance responsibilities, members’ expertise was utilized by their participation in various break out groups covering testing and compliance requirements.
Board members also had the privilege to hear guest speaker, Fraser Cocks, Executive Director of the British Columbia Association of Crane Safety (BCACS). Mr. Cocks informed the CIC board of the history of the BCACS crane operator program and explained the process the BCACS uses to test crane operators. The process, similar to new OSHA requirements, is type and capacity based in British Columbia.
Just a reminder, November 8, 2014 is the deadline for mobile crane operators to be certified. Please call Crane Institute of America (CIA) at 800.832.2726 to register for preparatory training and CIC testing.
These weatherproof charts are an excellent way to stay in compliance.
OSHA 1926.1422 – Signals
“Hand signal chart must be either posted on the equipment or conspicuously posted in the vicinity of the hoisting operations.”
We love to see employers and employees taking safety seriously. It takes a continuous effort from all those in the industry to reduce accidents. Yes, something as small as an 8.5″ x 11″ chart can make a difference!
For more information on our Mobile Crane Hand Signal Adhesive Chart, click here.
Crane Institute of America ofrece el programa de operador de grúa móvil en español. Este programa es un curso de preparación, que es excelente si usted planea tomar los exámenes de acreditación nacional grúa operador. Los materiales son en Inglés, pero la que tenemos uno de los mejores instructores en el país para enseñar esta clase. Habla con fluidez español y puede trabajar muy de cerca con los estudiantes.Si usted o un empleado debe estar certificado y gustaría entrenamiento de preparación antes de examen, llaman o enviar correo electrónico a Eduardo para obtener más información.
Speak Spanish? No problem, give us a call or email us and we will be happy to help you!
Crane institute of America offers the Mobile Crane Operator program in Spanish. This program is a preparation course which is excellent if you plan on taking the nationally accredited crane operator exams. . The materials are in English but the we have one of the best instructors in the nation to teach this class. He speaks fluent Spanish and can work very closely with the students. If you or an employee needs to be certified and would like preparation training before examination, call or email Eduardo for more information.
At the end of April, CIA’s very own, Tom Evers, got the opportunity to teach a Mobile Crane Inspector program for the American Society of Safety Engineers, Kuwait Chapter (ASSE). Since all of the students were engineers, you can imagine that they were all pretty bright. They all passed their inspector exams with a 91% or better!
This was Tom’s first time visiting Kuwait, but not his first time in the Middle East. Tom has also ventured to Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Baharain! Tom’s first experience in Kuwait was very interesting, to say the least. He was picked up at the airport by one of the ASSE students and within the first few minutes of driving, noticed that other Kuwait drivers drove incredibly fast. They also tailgated one another and probably deserved multiple moving violations according to American standards. On separate occasions, he even witnessed a few car accidents!
When Tom arrived at the Safir Hotel, a Chief of Staff of the US Air Force walked past him to check-in. He thought, “Well, if this is good enough for him, it’ll definitely be good enough for me!” This place was a gorgeous, 5 star hotel, right next to the Persian Gulf. Tom had a great view of it from his hotel window!
Another interesting tidbit about Kuwait is that they eat their dinners very late at night. Tom worked from 4:00pm to 10:00pm and usually ate dinner with everyone else at about 11:00pm! The nice thing about that was that Tom was able to meet the nationally-sponsored, Kuwait Powered Paragliding Team in his spare time. (For those of you who don’t know, Tom is an avid, powered para-glider/paramotorist.) This also freed up time for him to hang out with a Sultan that he met, who is pictured to...