The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators recently launched its new Committed to Crane Safety program, an employer recognition program developed by NCCCO to recognize employers who have demonstrated their commitment to safety by hiring CCO-certified personnel.
NCCCO recognizes the time, effort and resources expended by companies in obtaining certification for their crane operators and related personnel. “Crane operators, signalpersons, and riggers receive recognition for their knowledge and skill related to safe crane operations when they are issued a CCO certification card,” said NCCCO commission chairman Kerry Hulse. “It is therefore appropriate that safety-conscious employers should also be honored for their commitment to safety.”
Companies that participate in this program have demonstrated that they are committed to crane safety by hiring CCO-certified personnel. They also usually have a hiring policy that requires or strongly encourages CCO certification. In so doing, they identify themselves as companies that strive for excellence in their hiring and training efforts. All companies that successfully qualify for entry into the program receive a special Recognition Package that includes the rights to use the exclusive CCO “Proudly Employing” logo(s), coverage of their efforts in national and local media, and other benefits.
“We enthusiastically applied for participation in this new program,” said Jeffrey Hammons, vice president of risk management at AmQuip Crane Rental, Trevose, Pa. “CCO certification has driven our operators to perform on a more professional level and raised their awareness of best practices. And our customers have a greater sense of safety and security knowing our operators are tested and certified in their craft.”
Any company that employs CCO-certified personnel is eligible to apply for the Committed to Crane Safety program. Companies that qualify may work in general construction, crane rental, sign installation, steel erection, manufacturing, machinery installation and petrochemicals.
There are no fees required for participation; all administrative costs are borne by NCCCO and recognition is valid for one year. When a company is nearing its anniversary, an opportunity is provided for renewal.
The first group of companies to participate in the new program include AmQuip Crane Rental LLC, Barnhart Crane and Rigging Co., Boh Bros Construction Co. LLC, Buckner Companies, Cianbro, Crane Rental Corp., Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental, Sims Crane & Equipment Co., TNT Crane & Rigging, and more. For more information, visit http://nccco.org/Committed_to_Crane_Safety.html.
NCCCO is an independent, nonprofit organization that developed and administers a nationwide program for the certification of crane operators and related personnel.