Commissioner Spotlight: Brian Hill
May 2018—With solid experience within crane manufacturing, Brian Hill brings to NCCCO relevant insights about different trends happening in the industry that could improve safety on the job site. He has been working for Manitowoc Cranes since 2006, where he filled positions directly related to crane part replacement and high-quality aftersales service.
“Providing the manufacturer’s insight is particularly important on topics not necessarily tackled by Commissioners from other areas, such as discussions involving capacity charts or operational instructions. I believe it is important to have this immediate insight, otherwise the debate would be severely hampered,” Hill said.
Hill started his career in 2003 at a paper converting machine company. Three years later, he left the job to join Manitowoc as a field service manager of lattice cranes. Today, as the director of sales and marketing at Manitowoc Crane Care—the customer service branch of Manitowoc Cranes—Hill is deeply involved in finding solutions to repair crane components or even restoring structural parts, helping clients to get their cranes up and operating again in the shortest time possible.
In his current position, Hill has also gained deep knowledge of equipment safety, while having a better grasp on how to address safety-related issues at NCCCO.
“NCCCO plays a crucial role in providing the highest standards on certification programs while ensuring that we have the best trained and certified operators running cranes today. It is necessary that they understand the importance of what they are doing and are aware that they have to rely on each other on a construction site,” Hill said. “What we’ve seen from the beginning of NCCCO to today is that the crane industry as a whole has gotten safer as a result of the increase on high-quality operator training and certification programs running different types of equipment.”
Hill credits his father, an auto mechanic who owned his own business, for sparking his interest in the crane industry. Brian attended diesel mechanic school and has since been interested in everything mechanical—cars, motorcycles, trucks, paper converting machines, and cranes.
When not working, Brian likes to bike, run, camp and do other various outdoor activities with his wife and daughter. And when the cold weather hits, it doesn’t stop him from trying his hand at outdoor activities like cross-country skiing.