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Crane and Rigging Inspector Training for Jobsite Supervisors – August 30 – AGC Training Center

This program is designed to help supervisors and crews working with cranes and rigging to better understand the function of machines, components and gear to keep jobs safe, prevent delays and be savvy about the lifts taking place under their watch. The course will cover:

  • Optimize productivity – Inspection Criteria, Schedule and Performance
  • Verify Capacity for the Lifts Planned
  • Indentify Gear or Components to Reject

Note:  This program does not qualify or certify participants to conduct Third Party, Annual or Post Assembly Inspections.


8/30/2017 8:00 AM – 8/30/2017 4:00 PM


AGC Georgia Training Center
1940 The Exchange
Atlanta, GA 30339 United States

To register: Email for more information or visit

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Sometimes Safety is Best Achieved by Somebody’s Daughter

By Debbie Dickinson

Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, there are opportunities to stop and reflect on what is important to us an individuals, as project and team leaders, and as companies. Crane Industry Services is thankful for the people we’ve worked with this past year, who share the common goal of keeping America’s workforce safe.

While we hope we are an integral part of your training and inspection plans, the hard work of implementing safety and health programs inside your organizations falls on your shoulders. To inspire you in 2017, we’d like to share a few stories and resources.


Handy Dan by Angela. Credit: Safety + Health magazine.

The Campbell Institute of the National Safety Council honors organizations that sustain excellence in health and safety activities. Richard Cerenzio is Corporate HSE director at ISN, a member of the Campbell Institute. He recently posted a story about how a poster contest open to worker’s families was successful at engaging workers to reduce injuries. Thanks to some creative thinking and a 14-year-old girl’s poster of Handy Dan the purple octopus, hand-related recordable injuries dropped by more than half.

During your downtime this holiday season you might want to read OSHA’s new Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction. Perhaps not as engaging as the story about Handy Dan, but equally worthwhile. This new document is a complement to recommended practices for employers in general industry.

The recommendations may be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized contractors who lack safety and health specialists on staff. Contractors can create a safety and health program using a number of simple steps that include: training workers on how to identify and control hazards; inspecting the jobsite with workers to identify problems with equipment and materials; osha-shcand developing responses to possible emergency scenarios in advance.

As we look to the future, our promise to you is that crane and rigging training programs provided by CIS will never be one size fits all. We seek to partner with you to provide hands-on, job relevant instruction with the priority on doing jobs right, without exception. Thank you for blessing us in 2016. We look forward to supporting your safety and health goals.


“Build Your Future” Promotes Construction Careers at the Local, State and National Levels

By Amy King, Communications Manager for NCCER

Since 1997, NCCER’s Build Your Future (BYF) initiative has focused on
promoting construction careers to communities throughout the country. What
started as a satellite teleconference broadcasted to more than 300,000 students
among nearly 4,000 schools has become the industry’s trusted source for career
education, recruitment and image enhancement resources…read more

Best Practices for Crane Assembly and Disassembly


Read the article by Katie Parrish.

Crane Hot Line magazine reported in its February 2016 issue on preparing for a crane’s arrival on site, identifying hazards, and selecting the right tools for crane setup. The best practices for crane assembly and disassembly also discusses responsibilities of various people, including the A/D director.

Cliff Dickinson, President of CIS, adds that OSHA requires cranes to be inspected any time the configuration changes, initially or during the project, such as when boom sections or jibs are added. “Although third-party inspections are not required, it is common for General Contractors to request post-assembly inspections,” he said.

CIS frequently performs post-assembly crane inspections for contractors, including a 2015 job at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., involving a Manitowoc 31000 and two Liebherr LR 11000s.

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Why Women are Good for Construction

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By Debbie Dickinson

In the United States, women represent less than 9 percent of construction workers, according to 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and only 1.3 percent are working as operating engineers or other construction equipment operators. Other countries report similar statistics. There are a variety of reasons women don’t consider construction as a career path. 1) Parents and education systems have not traditionally encouraged girls to explore STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers. 2) The perception is that there are few mentors and networking opportunities to gain access to employers. 3) And, there are questions about the work environment for women.

Woman Owned BusinessYet, the industry continues to face drastic skilled labor shortages. Tapping into the other half of the population is a smart solution for closing the labor gap. Debbie Dickinson, CEO of Crane Industry Services, is a member of ABWA, American Business Women’s Association. She and other ABWA members, such as Rita Wilson Harris with Greystone Power have mentored women and girls for years and are pleased to see women taking an interest in skilled craft professions. “These are jobs that pay well and are in high demand,” says Dickinson. Here are just a few reasons why women are good for the construction industry.

Diversity drives innovation. A 2013 University of Pennsylvania study and a subsequent one in 2015 indicates that men and women bring different strengths to the table. “Male participants tended to perform better at spatial and motor tasks, whereas female participants were on average superior at nonverbal reasoning and recognizing emotions,” reported Diversity drives creative thinking and innovation.

High emotional intelligence reduces conflict. As noted above, women bring a different skill set to the job site when it comes to communication. Effective communication leads to increased safety and productivity. (The People-Profit Connection by Brent Darnell and More women in construction—an intelligent solution by Michelle Brennan.)

Being tech-savvy contributes to productivity. FMI, citing a survey by HR Policy Foundation, reports that millennial workers make significant contributions to their workplaces due to their inquisitive nature, tech-savviness, and drive for innovation. Today’s construction sites are technology-based, which levels the field between genders on the job site. Modern cranes, for example, are hydraulically controlled and feature sophisticated operational controls, reducing the amount of physical exertion needed to run the crane.

Placing value on training sets the tone for safe work sites. In an NCCER blog post, Mittie Cannon, Director of Workforce Development for Robins & Morton, shares that many of the women working in the construction industry whom she has talked to place high value on training. Someone who is willing to learn the right way to perform work is an asset employers.

What’s good for the job site is also good for the C-Suite. Female owners and managers in construction are increasingly on the rise. (Women are breaking through the concrete ceiling by Deena Shanker.) Crane Industry Services is one of those. This spring, CIS successfully renewed its certification from the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) as a Woman Business Enterprise. WBE status is achieved only after filing legal paperwork establishing female-majority ownership of a company. WBE certification from NWBOC requires a thorough application process and in-person site visits.

Females interested in learning more about career opportunities in construction can contact me at Or check out this resource list for women in construction.

More heavy equipment technicians needed

The Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation released a workforce study in January which estimates that the U.S. heavy equipment distribution industry loses at least $2.4 billion each year as a result of dealers’ inability to find and retain technically skilled workers. Crane Industry Services, in partnership with West Georgia Technical has the ability to train, qualify and certify personnel, using NCCER curriculum. Hands on training and classroom is available at the West Georgia campus, locations in the NE and at customer sites.

Among the skills qualified equipment technicians possess are knowledge of diesel equipment technology, electric/electronics, and hydraulics/hydrostatics.

According to Steven Johnson, VP Foundation Operations for AED, before moving onto 2-year college programs, high school graduates should lay the groundwork with courses in advanced mathematics, sciences, including physics, writing, and speech.

“Construction equipment technology is highly complex and sophisticated and diesel programs are not all alike,” says Johnson. “On-highway diesel truck programs are not sufficient.” AED accredits construction equipment technology programs at nearly 30 colleges in North America and many more are in progress. AED accreditation for such programs include six key subject clusters: diesel engines, hydraulics/hydrostatics, electric/electronics, power trains, A/C & heating, and safety/administration. Learn more at AED Foundation.