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...
Do you remember when times were simpler, life was easier and Jim Headley was a young crane operator?!
James Headley, founder and CEO of Crane Institute of America, LLC was in fact a crane operator beginning in 1968 for the Operating Engineers, Local 312 in Birmingham, Alabama. Before entering the training and consulting business in 1984, he operated a Manitowoc 4100W Ringer.
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 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.
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.
Florida crane operators placed well at the Crane Operator Skills Championship held at CONEXPO 2014 in Las Vegas. The first place winner at the Southeast Qualifier Event (held at Crane Institute headquarters near Orlando, Fla.), Thomas Cunningham of SIMS Crane Service placed third. Kenneth Bowyer of All Crane Rental of Florida, who placed second at the qualifier event, was named the Champion and went home a little richer!
Congratulations to our Florida Operators!
March 5, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nev. The MCM & CIC Crane Operator Skills Challenge has started at CONEXPO Gold Lot Booth G-2975. The Qualifier Event began March 4 and continues today in search of another finalist to compete in the Championship. The Championship will kick off at 9 am on March 6 with Tyler Mayo of BGM, Inc. Mayo placed second at the North Oxford, Mass. Qualifier hosted by Cranes 101 and Wood’s CRW. The finalists from the Orlando Qualifier, hosted by Crane Institute, Florida Crane Owner’s Council and M&P Specialty Insurance, will be in attendance. Thomas Cunningham of Sims Crane & Equipment will show his skills March 6 and Kenneth Bowyer of All Crane Rental of Florida on March 7.
The Qualifier Events consisted of the barrel dunk, slalom and pipe. The Championship Events will consist of a modification of the qualifier event plus simulator and rigging challenges.
We would like to wish all of the crane operators competing ‘Good Luck.’ Winners will be announced at 4:30 pm March 7.
Mobile Crane Operator Training is serious business at Crane Institute. We believe workplace safety is priority #1! We are pleased to offer two different options to satisfy your training needs for companies and individuals.
Our On-Site training programs bring the classroom directly to your job site and is customized to your company’s specific requirements. Our CIA training specialist will visit any of your company locations and conduct our Mobile Crane Operator Training Program. We use your specific equipment for this process so your operators will be trained on the exact same cranes they work with on a daily basis. This helps increase employee confidence and improve safety on the job site.
Open Enrollment classes are for those that wish to come independently or for companies that are sending a smaller number of students. These programs are held around the country at scheduled times during the year. Hands-On training is conducted at our headquarters near Orlando, Fla. This instruction helps build students’ confidence and competency for future job tasks.
OSHA standards require either qualification or accredited certification. Our three or four day training programs will accomplish either or both. We will test you for qualification if you operate in general industry or prepare you to take the CIC nationally accredited certified operator testing. We believe that this training saves lives. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!
OSHA is proposing to extend the deadline for operator certification and employer duties by three years to November 10, 2017. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is set to be published Monday, February 10, 2014. The three year extension is to allow OSHA time to address the issue raised that crane operator certification is insufficient for determining whether operators can operate safely on construction sites.