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...
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!
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
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.
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.
Safety Works, LLC
18 1st Street
New Vortex Simulator installed at Crane Institute Headquarters
Sept. 22, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)— AIDT, the workforce development division of the Alabama Department of Commerce, is the recipient of a mobile crane simulator donated by Crane Institute of America. Crane Institute has used the simulator for crane operator training activities for nearly 15 years.
The simulator from Crane Institute of America will be used at AIDT’s newest training center, the Alabama Workforce Training Center located in Birmingham. This training center is the fruition of the collaborative efforts of the Birmingham Business Association, the Alabama Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, the State Department of Education, and Alabama Community College System.
“AIDT offers first-class training. They are very conscientious and put on a good program for skills development,” said Jim Headley, President and CEO of Crane Institute of America. “The simulator will find a good home with AIDT.”
As Alabama’s workforce development agency, AIDT’s mission is to provide workforce training services for new and expanding industries. They operate several industry focused training centers around the state to include Maritime, Robotics and Aviation sectors. The Birmingham center will focus on construction and manufacturing.
The simulator features a full size Manitowoc 2250 crane cab and is equipped with a fully functioning load moment indicator system. According to Headley, one of the unique features of the simulator is the ability to switch between hand controls or foot brakes for stopping the load. Foot brakes are often used in applications like pile driving or dragline work.
“We’ve used simulators previously to teach other skills, such as robotics or welding,” said Rick Maroney, AIDT Manager of Robotics Technology and Safety. “This simulator will be used for introducing mobile crane operator skills and reinforcing mobile crane safety,” he said. Maroney is one of two instructors...
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.
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.
Crane Institute is proud to announce Vortex Simulator training during Mobile and Tower Crane Operator programs.
Simulator training is not a new concept to Crane Institute but has recently been enhanced with the Vortex VxAdvantage Simulator by CM Labs. This is the same kind of simulator used by competitors at the 2014 Crane Operator Skills Championships earlier this year at CONEXPO.
The simulator is equipped with 3 large HD screens which display mobile, crawler and tower crane simulations. Scenarios included are working near power lines, constructing buildings, and assembling tower cranes.
CM Labs takes great pride in the realistic experience their simulators bring to training. A perfect solution for operators that wish to reinforce learning, including beginner through advanced graduated exercises, performance metrics, navigation aids and certification-level scenarios. Come to an Orlando Mobile Crane Operator and Tower Crane Operator Training Program and take your hand at the joystick.
The GR-1600XL-2 is Tadano’s largest rough terrain crane with 160 ton lift capacity.
Unlike other small rough terrain cranes, this crane has a turning radius of 32 1/2 ft, which allows increased maneuverability in small spaces.
To eliminate the need for an assist crane, the GR-1600XL-2 has self-removable counter weights and outriggers. This is necessary to allow the crane to be transported.
Florida Crane Owner’s Council, Inc. (FCOC) now has a new executive board.
Chairman: Randy Strickland, Lakeland Crane
Vice Chair: Jim Bryson, Bryson Crane Rental Service
Treasurer: Hugo Verez, Kelly Tractor Company
Secretary: Jeff McGeary, Allied Insurance Brokers
Immediate Past Chair: William ‘Bill’ Hershner, Kelly Tractor Company
John Wessel remains the Managing Director.
FCOC’s mission is to address the issues and concerns brought forth by crane owners and associated industries in an effort to provide a safe and efficient future for Florida’s crane industry.
FCOC also co-hosted the 2013 Regional Crane Operator Skills Challenge held at Crane Institute of America’s facility near Orlando, Fla. Where many area FCOC members’ crane operators competed for the Championship held at CONEXPO March 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Crane Institute of America, located at Gold Lot – Booth 2973, will be exhibiting under the banner “Unlock the Key to Safety.” We at Crane Institute believe the most effective way to reach this goal is through a proven training experience that addresses pertinent goals and objectives. Properly trained crane operators, inspectors, riggers and signalpersons will ultimately result in fewer injuries, better morale, lower insurance premiums and much more.
Transforming an average employee to extraordinary means more than teaching the job, but how to perform well in their duties while identifying potential hazards. This one of a kind training is what you can expect from the industry leader – Crane Institute. Partner with us and ensure your employees get the quality training every employees deserves.
Stop by our booth and…
- Learn more about our Complete Package for professionals
- Discuss our training process with a Training Specialist
- Browse our Handbooks by James Headley – available for purchase online.
- Unlock a bag of FREE training and safety products worth over $3,500.*
- The Complete Package: Train-the-Trainer Mobile Crane Operator Program, CIC Practical Examiner Program, CIC Crane Operator Certification Exams.
- Crane Institute of America sheave gauge, glove clip, baseball hat, and jacket.
*All registered CONEXPO attendees are eligible. Please contact our office if you have NOT received your invitation.