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 of America to introduce new train-the-trainer programs for the crane and rigging industry at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
November 18, 2013 – Crane Institute of America, Sanford, Fla. will feature “The Complete Package” at Booth 2973 in the Gold Lot at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, March 4-8, 2014.
To make it easier for corporate trainers to maintain ongoing training at their facilities, Crane Institute has introduced a new train-the-trainer combination program called “The Complete Package.” In two weeks’ time, trainers can become a Crane Institute of America certified trainer and an authorized practical examiner for Crane Institute Certification (CIC), a nationally accredited, OSHA-recognized certification for crane operators, riggers and signalpersons. In addition, trainers may license Crane Institute of America’s online training program materials. Both limited and unlimited licenses (per year) are available.
“The Complete Package eliminated the cost for trainers to develop and maintain their own training programs, and it makes training more accessible to workers, thereby increasing job site safety,” said Jim Headley, Director of Crane Institute of America.
Trainers participating in the mobile crane or rigger train-the-trainer courses will learn how to conduct the same training programs that are used by Crane Institute of America’s instructors. Trainer topics include “Learning how to be a great trainer and facilitator,” and “How to create a learning environment.” Certified trainers can purchase student materials, books, workbooks, and other resources created for the training program.
According to Headley, quality training is more about the program than it is the instructor. “When provided with properly developed materials, good trainers have a greater chance of success.”
“It’s a bit like NASCAR,” he says. “The drivers are the ones that get champagne poured on them at the end of the race, but the mechanics working behind the scenes were just as important in the success of that...
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...
James Headley, Founder and Director of Crane Institute of America, recently wrote an article focusing on the “hot topic” operator certification. Headley’s article, “What’s All the Fuss About” explains OSHA’s requirement that operator certification be by type and capacity.
Why is this such a “hot topic?” Because there are many current operator certifications that do not have capacity limitations and there is a possibility that these operators have certifications that are invalid and will be required to take additional tests. Headley goes on in the article and provides a solution to the problem of possible operator disenfranchisement. This is an article that you will surely be interested in reading.
The good news for Crane Institute Certification (CIC) is that operator certification for telescoping boom cranes meets OSHA’s type and capacity requirements and therefore these operators will not be required to be retested.
To read Headley’s article, click here.
This month’s interview is with Johnathan Camp of Crane Rental Corporation in Orlando, Fla. Camp was the winner of the 2012 Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC) Scholarship. He won a free Mobile Crane Operator 4-day training program from Crane Institute of America (CIA) and free Mobile Crane Operator written and practical certification exams from Crane Institute Certification (CIC) valuing over $1,800.
CIA: What was your reaction to receiving the Florida Crane Owner’s Council Scholarship?
Camp: I was very honored for being considered and really enjoyed my time here at Crane Institute. When I need more certifications, I will be back. Thanks for everything!
CIA: What was your overall impression of the Mobile Crane Operator Training Program?
Camp: Very informative and at a pace where if you have questions, they take the time to answer and do not carry on with class until everyone understands.
CIA: Do you feel the instructor was knowledgeable?
Camp: I believe Tom R. was very knowledgeable and extremely professional.
CIA: Do you feel like you were prepared to take the CIC Nationally Accredited Exams?
Camp: Yes, I believe so. More nervous about the hands-on, but I believe I did pretty good!
CIA: How do you think you would have done had you taken the exams “cold-turkey?”
Camp: 50/50. There was stuff on the exams that I didn’t know and stuff that I did.
CIA: Did you find yourself studying back home to prepare?
Camp: No hardcore studying, just brushing up on the material.
CIA: Do you have any advice to those in the industry that might be considering taking...
As you may remember, October 13, 2012, Crane Institute of America hosted the Southeast Regional Crane Operator Rodeo. At our event the winners James Anderson (first place) and Mark Adcock (second place) won an expense paid trip to compete in the National Crane Operator Championship.
The Crane Operator Rodeos was sponsored by MCM Events, who may be best known by their magazine Crane & Rigging Hotline; Event Partner Crane Institute Certification (CIC); Crane Sponsor Liebherr; Rigging Sponsor the Crosby Group; and Award Sponsor Manitowoc. Crane & Rigging Hotline’s January 2013 issue includes a Rodeo Supplement which recaps the exciting regional qualifier events that took place from August to October, and the National Crane Operator Championship where Mark Adcock was dubbed first runner-up! To read more about the crane operator rodeos, click here.
Crane Institute of America would like to congratulate all the participants who entered the 2012 Crane Operator Rodeos. Now is the time to start “brushing up” on your operating skills to compete in the 2013 Crane Operator Rodeos, where the National Championship will be held at CONEXPO 2014! Keep checking in with us for updated information regarding the 2013 Regional Qualifier Event Rodeos.
2012 was a big year for Crane Institute of America.
This year we celebrated our 25th Anniversary.
Our first event was in July when we offered special discounted prices on products for the whole month. We also raffled off a free Mobile Crane Operator and Rigger/Signalperson Training Program to 2 lucky winners! Congratulations to Terry Thibodeaux for winning the Rigger/Signalperson Training and Brent Pinkerton for winning the Mobile Crane Operator Training!
In the fall, we hosted the Southeast Regional Crane Operator Rodeo Event where James Anderson took home first place. If you missed it, you can watch the fun here! Also, look out for the 2013 Crane Supplemental Guide in the January Issue of the Crane & Rigging Hotline Magazine!
In December, we awarded one free Mobile Crane Operator Training program scholarship to an employee of a Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC) Member. Johnathan Camp was the lucky winner! Also in December, we held our second and final anniversary promotion; since you only turn 25 once! Crane Institute gave away 3 Cranky and Flynn Fisher Price Toys to winners of our online contest: James Cox, Jessie Smith and Don Thompson! These toys were just in time for Christmas!
We hope everyone had as much fun this year as we did! Here’s to a wonderful 2012 and an even better 2013!
This year Crane Institute of America (CIA) and Crane Institute Certification (CIC) provided a scholarship for a Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC) Member’s employee. The scholarship was for a free Mobile Crane Operator, 4-Day training from CIA and free Mobile Crane Operator written and practical certification exams from CIC.
At the Dec. 7 FCOC’s Panel Discussion on OSHA’s 2014 Crane Operator Law, the winner was announced. Congratulations to Jonathan Camp of Crane Rental Corporation, Orlando, Fla. Camp uses cranes to set-up and assemble lattice boom cranes for his company. He is a qualified rigger and signalperson and hopes to move from mobile crane operator trainee to a certified crane operator using the scholarship. Way to go Johnathan!
The moment everyone has been waiting for. . .The winner of the National Crane Operator Rodeo is announced!