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
Lifting massive vessels weighing hundreds of tons is no easy job.
Oil refineries and chemical plants use large, high pressure vessels in their refining process. To upright these vessels requires two lifting devices: a lead, hoist, or head crane and crane or tailing crane.
Both the lead and tailing cranes should have enough capacity to be able to lift the entire vessel on its own. To do the job, both cranes can be mobile cranes, or the lead crane can be a gantry while the tailing crane can be a mobile crane or hydraulic gantry. The process of lifting such a large, awkward load, requires both cranes to lift the horizontal vessel off the ground. The tailing crane moves the load so the lead crane can lift it vertical.
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Crane Institute Announces Plans for New Programs
August 4, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.) — More than 15 Training Specialists for Crane Institute of America recently met at Crane Institute’s headquarters for Annual In-Service Training in order to provide the best possible customer experience. All Training Specialists are certified and qualified through Crane Institute of America. The training session includes refreshers on the latest equipment and changes to regulations.
The training meeting included a conference call with Crane Institute Certification’s (CIC) Executive Director, Debbie Dickinson, to learn more about OSHA’s proposed delay of crane operator certification requirements. CIC submitted viable solutions to OSHA with the intent to satisfy the agency’s concerns over employer responsibility to qualify workers. Subsequently, an industry coalition, including CIC, was formed to represent the interests of the crane industry.
In other news, Dickinson reported three states have or will adopt language requiring certification or licensing by crane type and size. These include California, Washington, and New York. Finally, she announced the launch of two new CIC certifications; Service Mechanics Truck and Lift Director.
New Programs and Resources
Crane Institute of America announced to its Training Specialists new programs currently in development. Two new training courses for people involved in crane management are set to be released in Fall 2014. The new Lift Director and Lift Planner courses are designed to prepare students for the CIC Lift Director Certification Exams. In addition, look for a course for Assembly/Disassembly Director in 2015.
Also new is a metric version of the handbook, Rigging, available for purchase on Crane Institute’s online store this September.
Crane Institute now has a public LinkedIn group, called Crane and Rigging, for those in the industry with related questions. Crane Institute Training Specialists offer a credible source...
Sophisticated tools, including cranes, helped make Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon a reality some 45 years ago. Through hard work, dedication, and ingenuity space flight stepped out of science fiction novels and improved building strategies and equipment for future generations.
The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), where the 363 foot tall Saturn rockets were assembled for the Apollo missions, houses 71 cranes and hoists. Two high-bay, 325 ton bridge cranes have the hook height necessary to stack the pieces of the entire Saturn V while sitting on the Mobile Launch Platform. Every section was brought into the building horizontally and was lifted vertically and stacked. One of the benefits of using overhead cranes to do this was that both the main and auxiliary hoists could be used to upright the load.
Another necessary feature, these cranes have the ability to lower loads extremely slowly. Obviously, this was vital in stacking liquid rocket sections. If hard contact were made between sections during assembly there would be damage to one or both sections.
For reliability, redundant systems and components were developed to take over if the primary system on the crane fails, making them fail-safe. Dual load path components are common in high risk applications like nuclear power plants. These cranes go beyond that to redundant controls that take over if the primary controls fail. These advanced features, that we take for granted in today’s cranes and hoist designs, were designed in the 1960s.
Enroll today for our Overhead Crane Operator training program.
1. Classroom Training – Emphasizing safe operating practices, proper crane setup and lift planning
2. Simulator Training – Learning load control in a non-hazardous environment
3. Hands-On Training – Practicing safe operating procedures, setup and load control
Resulting in a safer more efficient crane operator
Enroll today for our Mobile Crane Operator training program.
A structure resembling something from a science fiction movie is being built in Chernobyl, Ukraine. This impressive arch is being assembled to cover the remains of the Chernobyl power plant’s reactor number 4 in the continued effort to contain and cleanse the area from a catastrophic disaster over 28 years ago.
Four tower cranes and several mobile cranes are assembling sections of the arch on-site. Once assembled, overhead cranes will be mounted to the under belly of the arch to be used later in the dismantling of the decaying nuclear power plant. The completed massive structure will be pushed on Teflon pads to encompass the existing plant.
Once in place, the arch will serve as a tomb to encase whatever radio active material is still emitting from the plant. It will limit human exposure now and for future generations.
In Christopher Columbus’ day, sailors loaded sizable cargo onto their ships using simple blocks and tackle. This system used leverage to hoist heavy loads high into the air and onto the ship. Although the same basic physics apply today, technology has greatly advanced. Many modern cargo ships come equipped with full-size hydraulic cranes built into the deck. In essence, the same lever system developed in ancient Greece is still in use, but instead of a man using his own strength, we use the strength of a machine. As cranes get larger and loads get heavier, it is more important than ever to get safety training for your personnel. Crane Institute offers courses for Operators and Inspectors in: Mobile Cranes, Overhead Cranes, and Tower Cranes.
Have a safe and Happy Columbus Day!
Getting one of your cranes inspected, or preparing to inspect a crane? More than likely liability has run through your mind. OSHA requires cranes to be inspected at specific periods of times (see OSHA 1926.1412 – Mobile Cranes, Derricks, Tower Cranes; OSHA 1910.179j – Overhead and Gantry Cranes; OSHA.gov). Although not all inspections are required to be documented, it is good practice to maintain records.
• Require the inspector to be trained and qualified.
• Make sure your inspection checklist has been signed by the inspector.
• Ask questions about the inspection, especially if you have concerns.
• Maintain the inspector’s contact information (the inspector has to sign the inspection, but you may not remember who performed the inspection just by their signature).
• Make sure you’re signing and dating inspection checklists.
• Keep a copy of regulations should the crane owner have questions regarding a particular item.
• Keep a copy of the checklist for your records.
The inspection checklist is a legal document that states the condition of the crane at the time it was inspected. It lists deficiencies that constitute a hazard that must be corrected by the crane owner. It should also contain recommendations of things that should be done to better improve safety. A crane inspector cannot be held responsible for something that happens after the inspection.
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That’s right, one of Crane Institute’s very own celebrated his 80th Birthday September 20th!
Winton has a B.S. (Bachelor of Science!) in mechanical engineering and a Masters in adult education. He’s worked for Boeing, NASA, Xerox, and GE (both domestically and internationally). With that kind of a resume we were honored when he join our team in 1995, and he hasn’t let us down! Just recently Charlie Lawrence of Han-Tek, Inc. said in response to the Overhead Crane Operator and Inspector Training, ” Thank you…for providing such a fine young gentleman to do our training! I would love to have Winton do this training for the next 5 years!”
Winton, Here is to MANY MORE!!!
Crane Institute of America, Inc. not only conducts training in the U.S., but we travel all over the world and provide exceptional training! Our instructor Wendell Gray just returned from conducting Mobile Crane Operator and Inspector training in Trinidad. Carl Whitaker will be heading to Japan the first week of October to conduct Overhead Crane and Aerial Lift Inspector Training. Meanwhile, Tom Evers will be in Indonesia conducting Mobile Crane Operator, Rigger/Signalperson and Rigging Equipment Inspector Training.
Whether you are located in the U.S. or abroad, and wish to have Crane Institute of America, Inc. provide training to your employees at your facility, contact Marty Whittington for a price quote today!
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