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Recent posts on industry news, insightful information and anecdotes.

4-Weeks To A New Career!

The consideration of becoming a Crane Operator may seem to be of foreign nature for some. You may be working a job that you aren’t terribly content with; one that is not paying enough for the work you are putting in. This is not a life anyone wants to live. We, as a generalized public, want comfort, stability, promise, and money when it comes to our lives and our careers.

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Are You Conducting A Thorough Rigging Analysis?

When is the last time you actually did a rigging analysis during your lifting operations? Proper rigging is so much more than throwing a sling around a load and saying, “It will fly.”

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Certification Reinforcement by OSHA

OSHA has issued a Memorandum regarding the necessity and requirement of Crane Certifications. OSHA issued this Enforcement policy to forewarn the public...

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Changes in NCCCO Certification Requirements

Effective January first, many changes will come into play with NCCCO. As an example, their most recent announcement is in regard to removing the eligibility requirement for a physical evaluation.

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Crane Fun Facts

Enjoy some simple crane facts that include the world's largest crane and smallest crane

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Crane Operation: Are You Qualified?

If you're going to work in the crane industry, it's best to be proactive versus reactive. That is why it is essential to know and understand who the key players are and what their role is.

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Crane Operator Responsibilities

Great responsibility comes great rewards as Crane Operators are often well paid to do their job. Let’s dive into a certified crane operator’s role and the responsibility that comes with the title.

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Equipment Modifications: OSHA's Take

Modifications or Additions to a crane which affect the capacity or safe operation of the equipment are prohibited, except when you meet the OSHA requirements.

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Great Opportunities Await Young Adults Entering The Trades Industry

The world has so often pushed a college education on the growing young adults, within the United States; college degrees have been so routinely spoken about in such a strenuous matter, that these individuals have come to believe college as their only successful option. As a consequence of such words and teachings, the U.S. is in desperate need of tradespeople in all fields. Click on the link below to read the full article on why the high school and college communities are the answer to our future within the trade industry.

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Have Your Crane Operators Been Evaluated?

"alter the requirement that crane-operator certification be based on equipment “type and capacity,” instead permitting certification based on equipment “type” or “type and capacity”;

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How Do You Want to Make the News?

Ideally, you want to be remembered for your charity work or making an impact within your community and not be part of a construction accident. 

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How to Become a Rigger

A rigger will often help a construction crew. Riggers move frames or beams around the site or get equipment up to a higher floor. Virtually none of the buildings you see around your town would have been possible without the help of a rigger

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Invest In Yourself

You need to be cautious “Not to step over dollars to save a dime.” Money should never be cut from safety programs. Doing so increases the risk of having a drastic financial impact in the future.  

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Load Planning

The key to being successful in any job is proper planning. Benjamin Franklin put it best when he said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” This statement holds a lot of truth in the construction industry.

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Mobile Crane Inspections

proper maintenance and inspection procedures, often the most valuable piece of equipment on the job site are not always followed

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NCCCO Raises it's Rates for Certification

NCCCO is increasing it's rates as of January 1st, 2020.  Also, as Of October 1st, 2019 NCCCO will require any candidate who failed an NCCCO written exam to wait a minimum of four weeks before being eligible to retake the same exam again.

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Operator Evaluations: Are You Prepared

Are you fully aware of the recent changes to OSHA Standards? Would you be prepared and ready to be questioned and visited by OSHA? There are many things to consider when you have a crane operator, and one of which is, “have they been properly evaluated?”.

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Operator Training Pays For Itself

The importance of training your employees – both new and experienced – really cannot be overemphasized.

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OSHA Certification Rule Takes Promising Step Forward

April 2018—Mandatory crane operator certification came a step closer last month with the submission of OSHA’s proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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OSHA’s Warning for CIC Certifications

They must be certified, and not only so, but by an “entity accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency”. CIC is no longer recognized by such accreditation.

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Proper Outrigger Blocking

The world’s strongest man is only as strong as the ground he is standing on. Standing on a solid surface he can lift the world; stand on a sandy beach the amount he can lift is significantly less. A crane’s outrigger set up is no different and when done properly you will maximize the crane’s lifting capacity.

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Qualified Riggers: Is Your Rigger and Signal Person Instructor Qualified?

Qualified Riggers are critical to a job site. Workers’ lives depend upon these individuals to be qualified and trained to properly do the task. There are a lot of companies still training on standards and “best practices” from 10 years ago that no longer pertain to today’s industry.

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Requirements of a Qualified Signalperson

With the perpetual noise and activities usually associated with a construction site, it is critical that your crane operator(s) and your ground crew have a clear way of communicating to accomplish the task at hand in a safe, clear, and concise manner. The only way to ensure this is being accomplished is with a Qualified Signalperson

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Snow at New Heights

With winter upon us, there are many things we need to remember in order to keep ourselves and others safe. It is important to keep in mind all of the simple ways we can ensure that we are taken care of both physically, and financially. There are many ways the cold, snowy weather can affect our jobs and our lives - be sure that you are on top of your game, while you're working at new heights.

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Technology Within The Industry

Technology is constantly being altered and developed to improve the world around us. Apps are being utilized within all sorts of industries, including construction.

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Test-Taking Tips for NCCCO Crane Operation Certification

Operating large pieces of machinery - like cranes - requires a lot of practice and training. This is why the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) requires that operators pass a crane operation certification test.

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What is the "Price" of Taking a Shortcut?

Think about the job that you do every day; you probably feel pretty proud of the work that you put in and the product that you deliver, right? But are you able to deliver that type of quality work every time? Are we being asked to do a job that we have not been trained to do…or one that we do not have the correct tools or materials to perform?

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What to Expect in Crane Operator School

Crane operator jobs are so sought-after because they are paid well and can find work just about anywhere. That being said, you’ll have to go through quite a bit of training first.

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Whats the purpose of this.....

I can only wait very impatiently to see what the future of cranes will do and who knows maybe one day we will have devices that can levitate the load.

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Who Is In Charge Of Your Lifting Operations?

The Lift Director is in charge of all lifting operations and roles. This should not be taken lightly - OSHA enforces the requirement that a lift director is named and levies penalties for non-compliance.

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Wind & Cranes in Construction

There are a few keys to remember for safe crane operations and https://ccoschool.us/wp-admin/post-new.phpthe variable that wind plays, both sustained and gusting, that need to be considered every single day!

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Wind Restrictions for Operating a Crane

When you go through crane training, you’re given information on lots of safety tips and regulations to follow. These regulations not only help you get the job done but also ensure the safety of you and everyone else on your crew.

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Wire Rope: Maintaining Safety

Is your wire rope safe? Did you know even a small kink in your cable can decrease it’s breaking strength significantly?

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Working Under a Suspended Load

Suspended loads come in many shapes and sizes. With that being said it’s important to know the “fall zone” or the area in which the suspended load could fall.

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