October 2019—The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) took center stage in the demonstration area at the second-ever CONEXPO Latin America, held October 2–5 in Santiago, Chile. Working closely with the show organizer AEM, NCCCO shared how improved operator qualification and certification improves construction site safety.
More than 600 exhibitors filled 45,000 square meters of attractions, giving the 20,000 attendees an opportunity to see the latest trends in heavy machinery, equipment, technology, and innovations and connect with other professionals and leaders in the industry.
The new Demo Area featured elements of the NCCCO Tower Crane Operator certification practical exam using a SAEZ TLS 65B tower crane and operator provided by M10. Practical exam demos were run four times a day to enthusiastic audiences. NCCCO Commissioner Jorge Vial’s Santiago, Chile-based companies Vial Equipment and CEOP Training furnished the test course, test weight, and presenters for the demonstrations.
Another popular attraction in the Demo Area was an enormous state-of-the-art 4D crane simulator from SK Capacitación that gave show attendees an opportunity to try their hands at the controls.
“These co-located educational and learning events brought additional value to the show, and we greatly appreciate their participation to share their knowledge and expertise with attendees and exhibitors,” said Fred Vieira, CONEXPO Latin America Show Director and AEM Director, International Exhibitions and Events.
“Although Latin America does not have any requirements for crane operator certification such as those now required in the U.S. by federal OSHA, this week we’ve seen an obvious desire for higher worker qualification standards here,” observed NCCCO Director of Operations, Joel Oliva. “Hats off to our partner AEM for showcasing NCCCO’s approach to testing and certification as a proven way to improve crane safety.”
NCCCO also participated in the inaugural CONEXPO Latin America in 2015. The show will now move to a three-year cycle, in line with other major industry events of its kind.