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Cranes, Rigging, & Aerial Lifts Education Track at CONEXPO 2017


CONEXPO attendees should check out the brand new seminars on key crane and rigging issues that will be a major feature of the event. Event organizer AEM has assembled a stellar lineup of presentations on a host of crane and rigging topics, many of them sponsored by NCCCO. Speakers lined up so far are veteran safety professionals and experts in their field.

Attendance is limited for all sessions, so, if the last CONEXPO is anything to go by, these sessions may well sell out early. Book online and review all the planned education sessions, including the entire Crane, Rigging, and Aerial Lift education track.

The following sessions are sponsored by NCCCO and should be of particular interest to those involved with crane safety:

Tapping into New Technologies at the Tappan Zee Bridge Project (#T14)

Tuesday, March 7, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

GlinskiThe Tappan Zee Bridge is a cantilever bridge in the State of New York, crossing the Hudson River at one of the river’s widest points. Reconstruction of this 60-year-old bridge began in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Join John Glinski, the project’s former safety manager for cranes and rigging, for this fascinating session where he will review the construction of the new bridge and show the innovations being employed in the project. From the implementation of the jacking forms of the 400 ft. towers for the main span to setting the steel with the left coast lifter, don't miss this real life example of innovations in action! By attending this educational session—targeted at a general audience and applicable to all levels of experience—you will discover a new style of enclosed jacking forms for bridge towers, see the setting of a main span structure with a lifter, and learn new jacking and rolling techniques.

What Does Certification Have to Do with Qualification? (#T24)

Tuesday, March 7, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Graham Brent 100xIt’s the question that has engaged the industry—and OSHA—since the new crane rule was published in 2010: What does OSHA mean by certification of crane operators, and does it meet the federal requirement for all employees to be qualified? More than six years later, the debate continues, with OSHA planning to publish a proposed rule that will resolve this matter once and for all. In the crane industry the terms competent, qualified, and certified are often used as if they were interchangeable, but in reality they have very different implications. Following publication of the final crane standard in 2010, industry stakeholders informed OSHA that certification did not by itself establish “qualification” as defined by OSHA. Among the specific learning objectives identified are: (i) understanding the role that certification plays in qualifying construction personnel; (ii) knowing the latest federal and state requirements for certification and qualification; and (iii) learning how employers have put certification programs to good use.

Quality Crane Inspection: What Is That? (#T34)

Tuesday, March 7, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Ray Feidt-100xAttend this session to learn exactly why crane inspection is a crucial step in safety. Ray Feidt, Corporate Inspection/Training Manager at Stephenson Equipment, Inc. (Harrisburg, PA) will cover in-depth when cranes are required to be inspected, who can inspect them, what qualifies a person to be a crane inspector, and how to know if you received a quality crane inspection. Attendees will learn about inspector training, experience, certification, membership affiliation with an inspector association and inspector insurance requirements. After attending this session—targeted to those with an intermediate level of experience (6–10 years of on-the-job experience)—you will know how and when cranes must be inspected and who can inspect cranes, and you’ll be able to recognize the experience and certifications of a quality crane inspection company.

Responsibilities of Onsite Personnel for Cranes (#W13)

Wednesday, March 8, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Thom Sicklesteel 100xJoin NCCCO President Thom Sicklesteel (Barnhart Crane & Rigging, Mt. Vernon, WA), for an enlightening and comprehensive guide to the roles of every member of an onsite crane operation and support team. With a view to making work sites safer, the national consensus standard (ASME) has defined the responsibilities of crane personnel onsite. However, many employees and employers are unaware of their responsibilities even though OSHA has been enforcing them. This session will cover the different responsibilities that have been identified, what the team’s roles are on the job site, and what training and qualification is necessary to meet the requirements. This session is intended for a general audience and is applicable to all levels of experience.

Mechanics of a Super Lift (#W24)

Wednesday, March 8, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & Friday, March 10, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

JoeCollins100xJoe Collins, Heavy Lift Division Manager at Becht Engineering Co., Inc., Baytown, TX, will analyze the key components required for a “super lift.” With the very large cranes available today, “critical lifts” have taken on a new meaning. After attending his session, you will understand the technical challenges associated with making super lifts with the world’s largest cranes. You’ll also find out how to develop super lift plans and check them for accuracy. And finally, you’ll see what’s required to create a lift manual for a super lift. This session is intended for those with one to five years of on-the-job experience.

Crane Assembly and Disassembly Checklists (#W43)

Wednesday, March 8, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. & Friday, March 10, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Jeff HammonsLearn essential procedures, roles, and responsibilities when assembling or disassembling mobile and/or tower cranes on a job site. Jeff Hammons—a seasoned expert in corporate safety and risk management, the implementation of safety plans, hazard identification and mitigation, process design, and crane and equipment management for work in heavy construction, marine construction, oil and gas, and manufacturing environments—will cover a detailed checklist of factors to consider and address before tackling any crane assembly or disassembly. Many crane accidents are caused by improper planning, poor judgment, or mistakes made before the first load on a job is rigged or lifted. Accidents occur when people least expect it, including when the last load is placed and it is time to disassemble the crane and go home. This session will review the specific responsibilities when assembling or disassembling mobile and tower cranes. The roles of the crane owner, lift director, and crane operator are all addressed. Implement these procedures now to help protect your personnel, equipment and the property in the vicinity of cranes on a job site. After attending this session—applicable to those with all levels of experience—you will know how to select the appropriate crane for the job, understand site preparation and pre-delivery inspection requirements, and know everyone’s pre- and post- assembly roles and why everyone should be involved.

The Case for Cranes and Telematics: Specialized Circumstances & Concerns (#TH13)

Thursday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Catch this cutting-edge session looking into the use of the latest telematics technologies on cranes, because even though telematic data collection promises extensive improvements across the heavy equipment industry, cranes present specialized challenges. Daily inspections, operator access control, upper and lower engine monitoring, and idle time monitoring, while similar to data collected from ground equipment, take on new meaning and importance with lifting loads, g-force acceleration/deceleration, lateral forces and wind shear. Telematic data systems can help reduce costs, but important differences exist in the significance of data collected on ground equipment and the data from cranes. Hear three expert panelists discuss these differences and challenges as well as how telematic management systems assist their organizations in lowering costs using data fields specific to cranes. Applicable to all levels of experience, this session will explore real-world examples of how adding telematic monitoring to fleets has improved equipment management. You’ll also see how operator monitoring and in-cab cameras can save fuel, improve safety, and lower costs. And finally you’ll get a look at how mobile systems and iPads assist with time tracking, production controls, and inspections.

Root Causes of Mobile Crane Incidents (#TH24)

Thursday, March 9, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Reflecting the show’s global reach, this CONEXPO 2017 educational session will be presented by two crane experts from Europe and will analyze a large number of accidents of mobile cranes over the course of more than 20 years. The connection to physics and the limitations for mobile cranes, including metal fatigue, will be explained. The results of this analysis will help participants understand the root causes of accidents and will lead into a discussion on measures to prevent potential accidents in the future. By attending this session, which is applicable to all levels of experience, you will understand of the root causes of crane accidents, learn how behavioral training of people involved in lifting can make a difference in safety, and explore guidelines for proper maintenance, inspection, and repairs.

Planning Load Moves (#TH33)

Thursday, March 9, 1:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m.

Mike Parnell100xLed by renowned industry expert and ASME P30.1 Chairman Mike Parnell, the session will quickly introduce attendees to the ASME P30.1 standard and then asked to implement the recommended steps for lift categorization and plan development. Subtitled ASME P30.1 and its Practical Application, this presentation and workshop is designed to help industry participants gain a clear understanding of the value of formalized risk assessment, job planning and lift plan development. An interactive problem-solving workshop will explain how to identify the proper equipment and methods needed for a unique load handling assignment. Attendees will come away from the session knowing how to categorize load handling activity by risk level; be able to identify the core elements in any load handling activity; and know how to attend to all the details of a lift operation to ensure success.

Working in the Blind: The Impact of Technology in a Claims Scenario (#TH44)

Thursday, March 9, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Join two leading insurance professionals from NBIS for this fascinating look at the latest technologies and best practices for operating cranes “in the blind.” This intermediate-level session is targeted at lifting professionals with 6–10 years of experience and will present an inside look at what to consider if an insurance claim is necessary as a result of a crane operator working with the load out of his or her direct line of sight. In this type of scenario, the operator relies on a trained signalperson, as well as the current technology on the crane, to direct his or her actions. But what happens in a claims situation? Attendees will learn about the role of hook cameras and other technologies, both on the site and in legal scenarios. Best practices will be covered so operators can work confidently no matter what technologies or skills they are using. By attending this session, you will learn about hook cameras and other technologies on the job site, how plaintiffs may use information from crane operation, and what are current best practices in crane technology.

Lift Director: Qualifications & Requirements (#F24)

Friday, March 10, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

W-Dutton-0816-100xWilliam “Hank” Dutton, Senior Technical Specialist—Construction with Travelers, will explain why lift directors are so important for safe lifting operations and how and why employers should comply with OSHA’s requirement. Dutton’s presentation will be a revised and updated version of his groundbreaking and immensely successful seminar delivered at CONEXPO in 2014. “Lift directors perform a critical role in overseeing, planning and executing load handling activities on the job site,” said Dutton. “It is important to understand the responsibilities of lift directors, why employers need to be sure their lift directors are qualified, and how CCO Lift Director certification can demonstrate the competence of lift directors.” Dutton’s session will review the key competencies and requirements for lift directors. Attendees will learn about the responsibilities for lift directors in a variety of lifting environments; the common elements that should be reviewed in lift plans; and the methods available to qualify lift directors to meet prevailing standards and best practices.