March 5, 2014 – Las Vegas, Nev. The MCM & CIC Crane Operator Skills Challenge has started at CONEXPO Gold Lot Booth G-2975. The Qualifier Event began March 4 and continues today in search of another finalist to compete in the Championship. The Championship will kick off at 9 am on March 6 with Tyler Mayo of BGM, Inc. Mayo placed second at the North Oxford, Mass. Qualifier hosted by Cranes 101 and Wood’s CRW. The finalists from the Orlando Qualifier, hosted by Crane Institute, Florida Crane Owner’s Council and M&P Specialty Insurance, will be in attendance. Thomas Cunningham of Sims Crane & Equipment will show his skills March 6 and Kenneth Bowyer of All Crane Rental of Florida on March 7.
The Qualifier Events consisted of the barrel dunk, slalom and pipe. The Championship Events will consist of a modification of the qualifier event plus simulator and rigging challenges.
We would like to wish all of the crane operators competing ‘Good Luck.’ Winners will be announced at 4:30 pm March 7.
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...