In an attempt to give employers a fair and independent way to verify operator qualifications, the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA) and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) have announced plans to develop a crane operator certification program for overhead crane operators. NCCCO plans to coordinate development of the new overhead crane operator program with a second program for operators of construction tower cranes.
CMAA and NCCCO will model the new programs on the NCCCO's existing certification program for mobile crane operators. John Alexander of Cranetex and Pete Kerrick of Morris Material Handling have been appointed co-chairs of the task force formed to develop the overhead crane program. Kerrick also serves as chairman of CMAA's Crane Manufacturers Service Committee.
The types of cranes to be included in each program will be determined by the task forces. The Overhead Crane Task Force, for example, will consider cab- and pendant-operated types; single/ double girder, underhung/top-running bridge cranes; gantry cranes; hoists; and monorail systems. The organizations say both programs could be ready for introduction by the end of the first quarter 2004.
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators was formed in January 1995 to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction. The Crane Manufacturers Association of America Inc. is an independent trade association affiliated with Material Handling Industry of America.