Darrell Rimmer Speeds Through Mobile Crane Operator Certification Exams and Passes!
Darrell Rimmer, an inspector and trainer with SIMMCO, a division of the Blurton Group, said, “I contribute my success to the formal training received from Crane Institute throughout the years, as well as my on-the-job experience.” He entered the industry in 1995. In 2003, he became a certified mobile crane inspector through Crane Institute. In 2006, he returned and earned both his Mobile Crane Operator Qualification and Mobile Crane Trainer Certification. He received his CIC Mobile Crane Operator Certification and CIC Practical Examiner Authorization in 2009. In addition to all of his mobile crane credentials, he is also a Qualified Rigger/Signalperson and a Certified Rigger/Signalperson Trainer.
Hats off to Mr. Rimmer, who recently renewed his CIC crane operator certification in a record time! Mr. Rimmer completed all six exams (General Knowledge, Telescoping Boom under 21 tons, Telescoping Boom 21-75 tons, Telescoping Boom over 75 tons, Lattice Crawler, and Lattice Carrier) in less than 2 ½ hours. The allotted time frame given is 6 ½ hours, though most complete the exams in 4 ½ to 5 hours.
Barbara Weedin, Open Enrollment Coordinator at Crane Institute, stated, “He has an incredible brain!” Mr. Rimmer modestly replied, “I’ve always struggled with math, but I’ve been trained through the Crane Institute, and I’ve been teaching others. Attending the class again was the review I needed to prepare for the exams.”
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.