December 11, 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Hear from Jim Headley, CEO of Crane Institute of America, and Steve Fryer, NCSG’s Manager of Training on how they deploy simulators to assess and build real skills. Learn how these industry leaders applied objective and consistent learning methodologies with simulation-based training.
Simulation-training gets proven results – faster time to competency, skilled and safe operators, and more effective assessment. If you are interested in improving your training methodologies and measuring operator skills then this is a must-attend event!
Jim Headley, CEO of Crane Institute of America
Steve Fryer, NCSG’s Manager of Training
Paolo Paoletta, CM Labs Simulations’ Industry Solutions Manager
OSHA is Campaigning to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers
Heat Illness can affect anyone working outside. This includes crane operators, riggers, signalpersons, inspectors, and supervisors. You do not have to exert much energy to become dehydrated, but the more you work in the heat, the more likely you are to be affected by heat illness such as, mild heat rash to the more severe heat stroke.
To prevent heat illness:
• Keep water in your tool belt, drinking every 15 minutes even if you don’t feel thirsty.
• Avoid sports drinks, which contrary to popular thinking, will dehydrate you.
• Try to rest in shaded areas to cool down
• Keep your neck cool by wearing a hard hat neck shade
• Wear hats, sunglasses, and light-colored clothes
• Be aware of heat illness warning signs
• Keep an eye on co-workers
• Ease into working in heat until your body gets used to it.
Learn more about Heat Illness and this Campaign from OSHA.
This year American Cranes & Transport’s (ACT) annual roundtable on safety and training included thought from Debbie Dickinson, Executive Director, Crane Institute Certification (CIC). ACT posed the questions and Dickinson and two other ‘industry gurus’ provided answers.
ACT: What are the biggest obstacles crane and transport companies face in establishing and maintaining a strong safety culture?
Dickinson: The majority of employers realize that safety pays. Yet, it’s common knowledge that profits improve when time and expense are lower. The lure of getting work done faster may tempt an employer to take risks that are unnecessary. Companies with a strong safety culture need checks and balances that deter the “just this one time” risk taker. If the economy rebounds or dips, the drive to be more profitable can comprise safety. Employers can protect themselves, their equipment and personnel by sending clear and frequent messages that safety rules.
Next, the crane and rigging industry has a strong population of workers over the age of 50. With that age comes a wide range of experience. However, in some cases, older operators might not be as familiar and comfortable with the technology that is now common in cranes. On the other end of the spectrum, younger workers may lack the years of experience and jobsite savvy to spot trouble and prevent accidents. Training and certification is not a one-size-fits-all solution. The jobs and personnel need a plan that is flexible enough to teach and assess skill at different levels.
Courtesy of American Cranes & Transport
January 2014, Volume 10, Issue 1
We Provide a Roadmap to Learning!
These statements describe what our training specialists experienced this past week. Content updates, OSHA and other regulatory discussions, hands-on experiences, as well as practical ideas that instructors can use in a variety of training situations were all covered in a few action-packed days. We were especially challenged by Carole Borne of Learning Connections who presented a Train-the-Trainer program. This program consisted of professional training techniques, platform facilitating skills and dealing with different types of learners and more. The important concept we came away with is that we must keep learning…all the time. We at Crane Institute are constantly educating ourselves and developing new ways to present our materials in a relevant method to help others learn. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!
Crane Institute of America’s final anniversary promotion has come to an end. Thank you to all those who entered!
On December 12, three names were drawn. Congratulations to James Cox, APO; Jessie Smith, FL; and Don Thompson, WA. Your toys will be arriving before Christmas!
Although this promotion means the end of Crane Institute’s 25th Anniversary, just remember that we look forward to offering our customers another 25 years of excellent service, superior products and training programs geared towards crane operators, inspectors, riggers and signalpersons.