Industry Protests OSHA's Stance on “Capacity” and “Qualification”
The discontent that has been brewing in the industry during the past several months over OSHA’s insistence that crane operators be certified according to the capacity of crane they test on came to a head last month as industry responded to the Agency’s invitation to air their views in a series of public meetings at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.
NCCCO Launches Service Truck Crane Operator Certification Program
NCCCO recently made available a new CCO certification program for service truck crane operators.
NCCCO is pleased to announce a Practical Examiner Accreditation Workshop for the following CCO certification program:
NCCCO Stands Behind Substance Abuse Policy
NCCCO confirmed that its substance abuse policy remains in full force and effect. The statement was issued in light of the recently passed initiatives in Colorado and Washington permitting the use of marijuana for so-called “recreational” purposes.
NCCCO Launches Online Certification Verification System
NCCCO launched an online system that allows the credentials of CCO-certified individuals to be instantly verified via the Internet.
NCCCO Elects Officers for 2013/2014
The Board of Directors of the National Commission of the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has announced the industry leaders who will serve the NCCCO Board during 2013-2014.
Industry Responds to OSHA Testing Ultimatum
Employers across the country appear to be paying heed to the approaching OSHA deadline for construction crane operators to be formally qualified, and are signing up in record numbers for certification exams at test sites nationwide.
NCCCO Welcomes "Committed" Employers
NCCCO’s Employer Recognition Program known as Committed to Crane Safety has proved quite popular among employers who have embraced CCO certification as an effective safety tool within their risk management program.
Computer-Based Testing Sets New Record
As the number of CCO certification written exams administered since testing began in 1996 passes the 400,000 mark, the percentage of candidates taking CCO tests via NCCCO’s computer-based testing (CBT) option continues its record-setting pace. CBT test volume for 2012 was fully 40% above the previous year’s record and almost eight times that recorded for 2009, the first full year that CBT testing was available nationwide.
Operator Certification and the New Crane Rule
An important message from NCCCO President, Thom Sicklesteel
There has been much discussion in the industry recently about the new crane rule (known officially as Subpart CC of 29 CFR 1926) and, in particular, the effect it might have on how crane operators are certified. Two of the primary issues that have generated most concern seem to be OSHA’s position on certifying “by capacity and type” and the recertification requirements for those operators who are already certified. The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) continues to be at the forefront of these discussions working closely with the industry and regulators alike. We thought it might be helpful, at this time, to share our position on these issues.
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Shuttlelift Load Chart to Replace Broderson in Mid-2013
NCCCO will be adding a new Shuttlelift load chart option for the CCO Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab (TSS) specialty exam, which will eventually replace the Broderson load chart option.
NCCCO Elected to Key International Standards Role
ANSI has approved the appointment of NCCCO as its designated representative responsible for performing the secretariat functions of the ISO TC 96/SC 8 international crane standard subcommittee.
Annual NCCCO Auditor Training Ensures CCO Practical Exams Administered Consistently
The NCCCO Auditor Program requires annual training as part of NCCCO’s continuous improvement program. Over the past several months, more than two dozen NCCCO Practical Exam Auditors received refresher training to verify that NCCCO Practical Examiners administer CCO exams consistently and accurately.
NCCCO Crane Inspector Certification Earns ANSI Accreditation
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) has announced that the scope of NCCCO's ANSI accreditation has been expanded to include the CCO Crane Inspector certification program.
ANSI Re-Accredits NCCCO
After a thorough review of NCCCO’s certification programs and internal procedures, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has reaffirmed the accreditation of seven of NCCCO’s personnel certification programs.
NCCCO Introduces New Color-Coded CCO Certification Cards
New Policy Reflects Growth of CCO Programs. NCCCO has announced it will issue color-coded CCO cards for Operators, Riggers, Signalpersons, Crane Inspectors, Practical Examiners, and Auditors.
NCCCO to Issue Separate Certification Cards
Certified Crane Operators to Get Separate Rigger and/or Signalperson Cards. The new cards will also reflect the full five-year certification period for each category.