Monday, June 10, 2013

Crane Operator with Skills? Compete in MCM and CIC Crane Operator Rodeo!

First MCM & CIC Crane Operator Rodeo Slated for June in Massachusetts

On June 27, Cranes 101 and Wood’s CRW Corp. will kick off the MCM & CIC Crane Operator Rodeo regional qualifying events in North Oxford, Mass. The organizations have planned a variety of activities, special guests, and vendors during the event while crane operators from the area compete for the top score during the skills competition.
The MCM & CIC Crane Operator Rodeo, now in its third year, was developed by publisher Maximum Capacity Media and Crane Institute Certification, a nationally accredited crane operator certification provider, to underscore the need for safe crane operation, which can only be achieved through training and experience.
Cranes101 Logo“Crane Operation is no longer a job. It’s a profession. The complexity of cranes requires a broad spectrum of higher mental and physical abilities of a specifically trained professional,” said Jay Sturm, President of Cranes 101, a division of the Sturm Corporation. “I’m concerned that the general public may not understand the level of professionalism that is required by the workers in this industry. To that end, I hope that events like these will educate the public about what it takes to safely operate cranes.”
For the Massachusetts regional event, IUOE Local 4 will supply a crane simulator for operators to prepare for the competition, as well as allow attendees to sit in a crane cab and operate a virtual crane. Additionally, Cranes 101 and Wood’s CRW plan to hire a deejay for the Rodeo, hand out crane industry gear, and raffle off prizes. While the focus of the event is the crane operator competition, area technical students and the local community are invited to come watch.
woods crw logoJennifer Sturm, operations manager for Cranes 101, said the top two winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to ConExpo to compete in the National Championship, and the third-place winner will receive crane models donated from industry manufacturers. The top two winners will also receive prizes from Crane Institute Certification.
Vendors at the Regional Qualifying Rodeo will include representatives from National Crane, Link-Belt, and I&I Sling.
To compete, the operator registration fee is $30. A portion of the proceeds collected will be donated to the Loki Clan Wolf Refuge charity. Register Online


Tuesday, June 04, 2013

2013 Crane & Rigging and Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference All about safety and productivity

LastWeek's CRC/ICHC 2013 Offered Thought-Provoking Commentary to Industry Issues

The 2013 Crane & Rigging and Industrial Crane & Hoist Conferences made its debut in Indianapolis last week to a crowd of industrial and construction managers, crane operators, equipment suppliers, manufacturers and more. With presentations centered on safety, technology, and productivity solutions for crane and rigging professionals, attendees and exhibitors took away from the conference ideas and answers to questions about crane and rigging safety topics, industry trends, changes in standards and regulations, technology, and labor.