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...
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...