During the March 24-25, 2015 annual meeting of Crane Institute of America Certification LLC (CIC), more than 40 crane industry professionals met to discuss issues facing the crane industry and to elect new chairmen for CIC’s Governing Committee and Advisory Board.
Jim Headley, CEO of CIC, updated the group on the proposed crane operator certification regulatory language presented at the March 31-April 1, 2015 ACCSH meeting in Washington D.C.
“ACCSH recommended by motion that OSHA rework the operator evaluation and re-evaluation language and that type and capacity be put back into the rewrite of 1926.1427. This would result in operators having the choice of being certified by type and capacity or by type only. ACCSH also recommended that OSHA clarify whether a trainer be certified or certified and qualified and that OSHA develop some reasonable definition of who the controlling contractor would be on the job site,” explained Headley.
Headley also announced appointments to the Governing Committee and Advisory Board. “The individuals who volunteer their time and talent to CIC’s organizational committees, provide important subject matter expertise as CIC develops accredited certification exams for crane and rigging professionals,” he said.
Following the appointments, the Governing Committee and Advisory Board, respectively, elected chairmen.
Brian S. Hope, Vice President of Crane U, Birmingham, Ala., was elected to a three-year term as Governing Committee Chairman. The Governing Committee also includes the following individuals. No more than one-third of the Governing Committee membership will represent training organizations.
Anthony Brown, AD Brown Company
Peter Cooke, Columbus McKinnon Corp.
Jared Crabtree, Assessment Systems
Larry Curtis, Public Member, Institute for Safety and Health Professionals
Jeff Dudley, Archer Western
Tim Edwards, Tim Edwards Co. LLC.
Dave McElrath, M&P Specialty Insurance
Wade Pierce, Alabama Power
Jeff Roach, American Electric Power
Doug Smith, STI Group Services
Henry Lopez of Florida Crane Inspections LLC, Miami, Chairman of the Advisory Board, will also serve a three-year term. A full list of the 2015 Advisory Board can be found athttp://cicert.com/directors_advisors.php
The Rigging Committee, led by Chairman Peter Cooke of Columbus McKinnon, approved changes to the rigging exams. Both the Rigger/Signal Person Certification and the Master Rigger, which is an advanced certification, will require practical exams.
In addition, CIC is currently piloting tower crane operator certifications programs for fixed jib, luffing jib, and self-erecting types of tower cranes. The project is being led by Bill Schofield of Schofield Consulting.
About Crane Institute of America Certification
Crane Institute of America Certification LLC (CIC), Villa Rica, Ga., is an independent certifying organization providing OSHA recognized, NCCA accredited certifications for mobile crane operators according to type and capacity, as well as rigger and signalperson certifications. Other programs include certifications for operators of service/mechanics trucks, articulating boom cranes, and digger derricks. CIC serves construction, utility and power generation, underground construction, manufacturing, and heavy industry. It also directs the CIC Crane Operator & Rigger Skills Competition, which consists of regional qualifying events for crane operators to demonstrate the precision required for safe crane operation. Learn more atwww.cicert.com.
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