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...
The Regional Rodeos were a new twist to the Rodeo held at ConEXPO in 2011. This time, Maximum Capacity Media, along with Crane Institute Certification, Liebherr, the Crosby Group, and Manitowoc, joined efforts and decided to have operators compete in their region before heading on to Nationals, October 27 in Davenport, Fla.
Saturday, October 13 was the final of the Regional Rodeos and it was held right here at Crane Institute Headquarters in Sanford, Fla. The rodeo kicked off with Millard Boden of Bryson Crane, as the first contestant. Boden held the first place spot all day until Mark Adcock of Crane Rental Corp. stepped up to the crane! After Adcock’s amazing skills behind the controls landed him in first place, the competition wasn’t over. James Anderson of Crane Rental Corp. showed the crowd everything he had and walked away the Southeast Regional Rodeo Winner!
That’s not all…here at the Crane Institute we like to go above and beyond! We had food, music, games and, of course, football for all to enjoy. With the season of giving coming soon, Crane Institute got a head start and donated the proceeds from the rodeo entrance fees to the Salvation Army!
We would like to thank all of our sponsors, Florida Crane Owner’s Council (FCOC), Kelly Tractor and Equipment, the Crane Rental Corp. and Columbus McKinnon and all the contestants; you truly made this rodeo a big success!