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OSHA Extends Compliance Date of Crane Operator Certification to 2017


September 25, 2014 OSHA has issued a final rule extending the deadline for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction final rule published Aug. 9, 2010 by three years to Nov. 10, 2017. The rule also extends by three years the employer’s responsibility to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely. The final rule becomes effective Nov. 9, 2014. Read More.


ANSI certifies CIC crane operator programmes


Four crane operator certification programmes run by US based Crane Institute Certification (CIC) have received American National Standards Institute (ANSI)accreditation.

The accredited schemes include:
-Crane Operator: Large Telescoping Boom Crane, Over 75 Tons
-Crane Operator: Medium Telescoping Boom Crane, 21-75 Tons, and
-Crane Operator: Small Telescoping Boom Crane, Under 21 Tons.
-Crane Operator: Lattice Boom Crawler/Truck Crane

ANSI accredits personnel certification bodies to ISO/IEC 17024, the international standard that has also been nationally adopted as an American National Standard. In Canada CIC is already recognised by WorkSafe BC and BC Association for Crane Safety for reciprocal certification with British Columbia, and has been asked by companies in other nations to certify operators.


Crane Accidents Are Not Tied To Machine Age, Study Says


A crane's age is not an indicator of its physical fitness, according to a new study by Dallas-based forensic firm Haag Engineering. The results fly in the face of laws in Singapore and pending legislation in New York City, as other cities contemplate forcing crane owners to upgrade aging fleets. READ MORE


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ACRP Names Judges for 2014 Top Trainer Program


March 10, 2014 (Fort Dodge, Iowa)—Two trainers with superior subject matter expertise in crane operations and rigging activities will represent the Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP) as judges for the 2014 Top Trainer award. The recognition program, produced by Crane & Rigging Hot Line magazine and endorsed by ACRP, seeks to bring attention to the importance of quality training in reducing crane and rigging accidents.

ACRP’s guest judges include Paul Kuber, an advisor and consultant to Becht Engineering, Baton Rouge, La., and Mike Smith, safety director at Crane Rental Corp., Orlando, Fla.

Kuber is currently a Becht Engineering advisor andPaulKuber consultant on heavy lifts, heavy rigging, and heavy haul projects. He spent the majority of his career with ExxonMobil, where he served as a Mechanical Supervisor and Site Lift Specialist. He has had responsibility for training and knowing the content of various regulations and industry standards. He currently serves on ACRP’s board of directors, and is an active subject matter expert with various industry groups. His contributions include working with NCCER to develop curriculum and training materials for Riggers and Signalpersons.

Smith is in charge of training and promoting a MikeSmith cropculture of safety in the day-to-day rental operations at Crane Rental Corp., which boasts a mobile and tower crane fleet up to 825 tons capacity, including a new 600-ton Terex AC500-2 all-terrain crane. Smith has led the company’s safety efforts, which has won them several safety awards from the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association. He currently serves on ACRP’s board of directors and is active in numerous regional groups, including Southeastern Construction Owners & Associates Roundtable, Houston Business Roundtable, and Florida Crane Owner’s Council.

Kuber and Smith join a team of crane and rigging equipment editors from MCM Group Inc., publisher of Crane & Rigging Hot Line, who will judge 2014 entries for the annual recognition program.

Nominations accepted until July 31, 2014

Trainers are recognized for having a positive impact on students, the work environment or the industry through the use of innovative training techniques or hands-on instruction, by encouraging peer or corporate accountability, and/or through quantitative or anecdotal evidence that the training was successful. One Corporate and one Professional trainer will be selected.

Click here to download the nomination form.

There is no fee associated with making a nomination and the first 30 people to submit a complete nomination will receive a 2014 Hot Line Crane Guide, which features data on crane models from more than 100 manufacturers.

Winners will be recognized in Crane & Rigging Hot Line’s November 2014 issue and at an awards ceremony at the 2015 ACRP General Assembly meeting. They will receive scholarships that can be used for train-the-trainer courses, to earn a certification, to attend an industry conference, or other educational purposes; or it can be donated to a student of their choice for similar purposes.

The 2013 winners, Hank Dutton of Travelers Insurance Co., and Angelo Alverio of Crane Inspection and Certification Bureau, will be honored at the May 13-16, 2014 ACRP General Assembly meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

About MCM Group Inc.

MCM Group LLC, a subsidiary of Heartland Communications Group Inc., publishes a number of heavy equipment magazines, electronic newsletters, and websites for the North American market. Its print products —Crane & Rigging Hot Line, Lift and Access, Contractors Hot Line, Attachment Connection, and Parts Connection—analyze new technologies, discuss industry trends, and review unique applications for buyers and owners of construction and rental equipment. Additionally, MCM Group LLC hosts a variety of industry events, including live conferences and webinars, where professionals can interact and exchange ideas to further promote best practices within the heavy construction equipment industry.

About Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals

ACRP is a nonprofit association whose mission is dedicated to improving crane operations and rigging activities in all industries. Members include individuals that provide crane, rigging, or lift equipment training, consulting, engineering, or inspection, as well as those who provide similar services for in-house employees. ACRP provides learning opportunities at an annual convention and through various industry forums. Its members represent the interests of ACRP among many different standards writing bodies. The 2014 General Assembly is May 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn.

Samson and Manitowoc Announce KZ™100 Synthetic Crane Hoist Line

Samson is pleased to announce the debut of Manitowoc Cranes’ Grove RT770E rough-terrain crane utilizing Samson’s KZ™100, the first synthetic hoist rope designed specifically for mobile cranes today at CONEXPO 2014. READ MORE. (Source:

ITI Heavy Rigging & Transport Workshop Just 3 Weeks Away – Register Now

The ITI Heavy Rigging & Transport Workshop is just a few weeks away, taking place February 19-21 in Houston, Texas.  The curriculum will tightly focus on heavy rigging, lifting, and transportation activities conducted by organizations in the Gulf Coast. READ MORE. (Source:

Fassi crane used to rescue elephants

An articulated loader crane from Italian manufacturer Fassi Gru was instrumental in a project to help transport a group of endangered forest elephants from Ivory Coast, Africa. READ MORE. (Source:

Siobhan Hitchen Becomes First Female Director of LEEA

Siobhan Hitchen, managing director of Rope Assemblies Ltd, has become the first female director of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association). READ MORE. (Source:

Alaska Rubber Group Completes Washington Acquisition


The Alaska Rubber Group, consisting of three locations within Alaska, Anchorage, Fairbanks, & Wasilla, has purchased five additional locations in Washington. The five additional locations were formerly referred to as the Pacific Rubber Group, and they consist of stores throughout Washington serving the entire Pacific Northwest region. READ MORE. (Source:

48 days and 48 nights

Five workhorse crawler and all-terrain cranes with lifting capacities from 250- to 500-tons, and their operators, ran 24/seven for 48 days to facilitate the outage of the No. 8 Blast Furnace at United States Steel Corporation’s Gary Works in Gary, IN. READ MORE. (Source:
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