Who is ISNetworld?
ISNetworld is a web-based database for connecting clients with reliable prospective contractors. Maintaining safety metrics, insurance certificates, and quality and regulatory information on contractors and suppliers can often be a strain on internal resources. ISN streamlines these processes, saving time and improving safety standards. The result is lower incident rates and higher compliance numbers among ISN users.
Recently, CIA customers around the globe suggested that they needed faster access to regulatory information. In response, CIA took immediate action and subscribed to ISNetworld (ISN). As a result, CIA clients, that are also ISN subscribers, have immediate access to CIA’s key performance records and regulatory standards.
“ISN is a great tool that will help us build a more transparent relationship with our clients while continuing to ensure that Crane Institute remains to be a safe business partner,” says Jim Headley, President of Crane Institute of America.
CIA is proud to announce that as a result of this positive change, it has earned “A” ratings from two respected clients, Georgia Pacific, LLC and two International Paper facilities.
CIA is committed to maintaining the same high level of safety and transparency through ISN and other centralized databases. We invite all of our clients to join the more than 60,000 contractors and suppliers that have already moved to this more streamlined, automated business process.
Together Crane team links with Feeding Children Everywhere to pack meals to help feed the world’s hungry
July 17, 2015 (Sanford, Fla.) – Celebrating the Fourth of July holiday week this year was more meaningful than ever for the Crane Institute of America team. On June 30, 2015, the team of training specialists and corporate office staff worked side-by-side at a meal-packing event with Feeding Children Everywhere, a hunger relief organization located in Central Florida.
The meal-packing event, sponsored by Crane Institute of America, took place during the first day of their annual in-service training. As the 30-member-strong Crane team donned green hairnets (required in order to keep the food uncontaminated), Feeding Children Everywhere leader, Marcus Mennenga, offered a brief orientation to the group, thanked them for participating and shared some startling statistics. “The good news is that the world produces enough food to feed everyone on the planet,” said Mennenga. “The bad news? Some 16,000 children die every day from starvation. This is a very big problem and by what you are doing today, you’re chipping away at it.”
The Crane Institute team was divided into two groups with each assembling packages of nutritious meals at record-breaking speed. Two long rows of tables covered with bins of rice, lentils, pink Himalayan salt and dehydrated vegetables were surrounded by the energetic teams, who egged each other on in a spirit of good-natured competition as they scooped and bagged the meals.
By the time all was said and done, Crane Institute’s team had assembled enough meals to feed 5,184 of the world’s hungry people. And they did it in record time! They packed with such efficiency that what normally takes nearly two hours took only 45 minutes! Working together as a team, they contributed toward the important cause of alleviating world...
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
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.
August 5, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)—Crane Institute of America announces the availability of the newest edition of the industry’s favorite rigging handbook. Rigging, by James Headley, has been converted from imperial to metric. Providing practical information and great illustrations, the Rigging Metric handbook contains the latest information on wire rope, rigging hardware, and slings, including capacity tables and charts.
“For years, the handbook Rigging has been popular outside the United States for use in training,” said Jim Headley, President of Crane Institute of America. “Customers in Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East have been asking for a metric version of the book.”
Along with the rated capacity tables of slings and rigging hardware, the book covers how to calculate load weight, how to calculate sling loading, and proper load handling techniques. The information is applicable to rigging operations no matter where you are in the world. By offering two versions of the books, trainers and students now have a resource that improves communication, understanding, and safety.
The book can be ordered at Crane Institute’s Online Store and costs $19.95 USD.
About the Author
James Headley has spent more than 40 years working in the crane and rigging industry. After serving a crane apprenticeship through Operating Engineers Local 312 in Birmingham, Ala., he worked as journeyman crane operator until entering the crane training business in 1984.
As President of Crane Institute of America, Jim has developed training programs for hundreds of major companies including aircraft manufacturers, oil and gas producers, utilities, and the military. For over 20 years, he served on U.S. standards boards–ASME B30 main committee on cranes and lifting devices, and sub-committees for cranes, slings, and rigging hardware. Presently he serves on the International Standards Organization (ISO) committee on cranes.
Headley is also...
Killed – two workers in California when their personnel basket fell nearly 80 feet.
OSHA has strict requirements regarding hoisting personnel. If these requirements are followed, such accidents should cease to happen. The actual cause of this particular accident is still unknown to the public as the OSHA report will take time to surface. Early speculation is that the hook failed or the basket came off the hook.
Hooks used in personnel hoisting operations “must be capable of supporting, without failure, at least five times the maximum intended load applied” according to OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1431(g)(3). In simple terms the hook will withstand a 500% overload before it will fail at which point it will bend, not break. On a crane as large as the one used in the operation, the weight of the heaviest personnel basket and its contents should not come close to the yield point of the hook.
This begs the other question, how could the master link for the bridle supporting the basket come off the hook?
OSHA requires hooks used for hoisting personnel “must be of a type that can be closed and locked” (1926.1431(g)(1)(i)(A)). Closing the hook’s throat would prevent the basket from coming off the hook. Now let’s assume the hook was not equipped with a latch or the latch was defective.
- The weight of the basket should keep the master link in place in the bowl of the hook.
- For the basket to come off, an upward force would have to be placed on the master link. This could cause the master link to slip over the hook tip.
- An upward force could be generated by hitting an object with the personnel basket.
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Founder and President of Crane Institute of America, James Headley, will be a guest speaker at CRC/ICHC 2014. Join him December 3 in Houston, Texas as he presents “Understanding Adult Learning Styles when Developing an Effective Training Program.”
Headley will be discussing the difference between student- and instructor-centered training; the uniqueness of adult learning; and the essential steps for the development of a quality training program. The session will include a demonstration of load chart interpretation, complete with a hands-on exercise for attendees.
Interested in attending? Register at www.craneandriggingconference.com before Aug. 1, 2014 for $495 ($595 after Aug. 1, 2014).
Check out our upcoming July Newsletter and learn how to save $100 on CRC/ICHC registration.
May 27, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)—Crane Institute of America announces the release of the first cards in the new Ready Reference Series. The laminated, pocket-sized cards cover topics that are useful for lift directors and crane and rigging inspectors, as well as others with responsibility for overseeing crane activities on the job site.
The first three cards in the Ready Reference Series feature Wire Rope Inspection, Crane Setup, and Working Around Power Lines.
“Both ASME B30.5 and OSHA 1926 Subpart CC for Cranes and Derricks in Construction discuss the job site responsibilities for controlling entities, site supervisors, lift directors, assembly/disassembly directors, crane owners, and others. The Ready Reference Cards are designed to provide these individuals with technical and safety guidelines that are reflection of industry standards and regulations,” said Jim Headley, President and CEO of Crane Institute of America.
The Wire Rope Inspection card makes it easy for inspectors to determine when the wire rope must be removed from service. The card lists wire rope sizes from 3/8” to 1-3/4” (10 mm to 45 mm on back) and the minimum diameter allowed in both fractions and decimals – taking the math out of the inspection.
Crane Setup addresses site preparation, one of the most important aspect of crane operation and explains who is responsible for ensuring the ground will support the crane and loads lifted. Additional information is provided on positioning the crane, maintaining clearances with power lines, and avoiding potentially unstable ground.
Working Around Power Lines summarizes key information about the clearances required when working near or driving under power lines, how and when to use signalpersons. It also includes reminders about how operators and other personnel are to respond in case of contact with live lines.
Future Ready Reference cards will cover Assembly/Disassembly and other topics for individuals...
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!
The NEW 14th Edition, Rigging handbook by James Headley is now available. This handbook has been updated to reflect new ASME B30.16 changes regarding broken wires, and includes information on load indicating devices and fall zones.
This 4.5″ x 6.75″ soft-bound book is perfect to keep with you on the job for a quick reference.
Order Yours Today! $19.95 quantity discounts available.