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OSHA Recognizing Crane Institute of America Certification

OSHA representatives have signed a document formally recognizing the Crane Institute of America Certification (CIC), which says the signing ceremony at Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C., is only the second time OSHA has taken this action in this industry.

Representatives from the offices of the two U.S. senators who are ranking members of the Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), attended, as well as:

  • U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.)
  • Bill Parsons, acting director
    of OSHA's Directorate
    of Construction
  • James Headley, CEO of CIC and president of its sponsor, the Crane Institute of America, a Sanford, Fla.-based company that has trained thousands of heavy equipment operators, riggers, inspectors, supervisors, and trainers
  • William Dickinson, Jr., president of the CIC Governing Committee and president of Crane Industry Services
  • Paul Zorich, vice president of the CIC Governing Committee, president of RZP International, Ltd, and president of the ASME B30 Main Committee, which is responsible for several industry standards for cranes
  • Larry Warren, secretary–treasurer of the CIC Governing Committee and Crane & PCI Manager for Southern Company
  • Mike Parnell, chair of CIC's Rigging Certification Committee, president of Industrial Training International, and ASME B30 chairman
  • Anthony Brown, CIC chair of Public Awareness and president of AD Brown Consultants
  • Debbie Dickinson, CIC executive director

"This voluntary agreement, whereby OSHA recognized CIC, lets the industry know that valid options do exist for crane and rigging industry certifications. Employers can be assured that certifications from CIC meet all OSHA regulations," Dickinson said. The signing ceremony completes a process in which OSHA reviewed the certification standards and process of CIC, which indicated recognition by OSHA "is an important stamp of approval for the nationally accredited certification programs for crane operators, riggers and signalpersons offered by CIC." OSHA will be requiring certification of some lifting personnel in the cranes and derricks standard it is expected to issue in July 2010. According to CIC, the agreement includes recognition for Crane Operator Certifications (Under 21 Tons, 21 to 75 Tons, Over 75 Tons, Lattice Boom Carrier, Lattice Boom Crawlers) and Rigger & Signalperson Certification.

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