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!
Crane Institute Certification (CIC) attended and exhibited at the annual SC&RA convention held April 2-6, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Committee meetings and members were abuzz with news from OSHA’s industry stakeholders meeting, held in Washington, D.C., the same week as the SC&RA conference. The two key issues discussed at both meetings were whether certification is equal to qualification and what bearing testing by capacity has on the merits of certification. A wide variety of opinions were expressed as these issues continue to be debated.
During one committee meeting, CIC was asked to state its position. Certification is a baseline qualification for operators who have tested to a specific type and capacity. Employers remain responsible for determining whether an operator is qualified to run a specific make and model, equipped with specific attachments, and in specific work environments. However certification is a valuable credential attesting to the fact that an individual possesses a core understanding of crane operation.
Crane owners continue to face other issues as well. Some jurisdictions are attempting to put restrictions on the use of cranes based on age. Members discussed the need for a study that demonstrates that many factors, including machine design, use, maintenance, and remanufacturing, all impact the useful life of a crane and can extend the crane’s useful life.
Another highlight of the meeting was the annual Rigging Jobs of the Year competition. Barnhart Crane and Rigging, Memphis, Tenn.; Burkhalter, Columbus, Miss.; and Tradelossa, Durango, Mexico were recognized for completing jobs with ingenuity, hard work, and safety.
CIC was pleased to participate with more than 50 other vendors in the Products Fair. Booth traffic was busy and it was evident that CIC is recognized by the industry for its accredited certifications, which meet OSHA requirements. During the Products Fair, CIC announced that it has renewed its...
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.
The moment everyone has been waiting for. . .The winner of the National Crane Operator Rodeo is announced!
On October 27 in Davenport, Fla. the 10 winners of the Regional Rodeos from all over the U.S. competed for the title of the 2012 Crane Rodeo Champion! The events they competed in where a hybrid of what they had originally experienced at Regionals! Boom lengths were longer, Pipe Event was modified to include a dunk and let’s not forget about the constant wind from Hurricane Sandy just offshore the east coast of Florida! At the end of the day only one competitor was allowed to be called the 2012 Crane Rodeo Champion!
Congratulations to Jesse Pettit of Maxim Crane in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Phoenix Regional Rodeo resulted in 2 new qualifiers to compete in the National Championship Rodeo. Jesse Pettit of Maxim Crane was awarded second place and with a time of nearly three minutes faster, was John Seach of Marco Crane in first place! Congratulations to the Phoenix Regional Qualifier Winners!
Remember. . . 4 Down and only 1 To Go.
Sign up today for the last Regional Qualifier Event held at Crane Institute of America Headquarters in Sanford, FL October 13! See you there!
Empire Crane’s Qualifier Rodeo Event August 23, 2012 was an absolute success.
Over 30 crane operators came out to compete in this event and 2 walked away as Regional Winners. There are more opportunities for you to compete. Go to www.CraneOperatorRodeo.com to see if there is a regional event near you!
A Special Congratulations & Hats Off To:
Greg Eldridge, Payne’s Crane, Binghampton, NY
Sean Noonan, Advanced Crane Services, Ringwood, NJ