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New Crane Operator Regulations in the Works

Posted by nahets on September 30, 2008

For the first time since 1971 the federal government is updating crane regulations. Triggered by various lethal crane accidents around the country this past year, the U.S. Department of Labor is set to release drafts of the new regulations, which focus mainly on crane operator standards.

New Standards

The new regulations will require crane operators to pass both written and practical tests in all 50 states and complete more training. Currently only 15 states and 6 cities require tests. Crane operators will have various options to become certified/qualified under the new rules:

  • Certification through accredited third-party testing organizations
  • Qualification through audited employer testing programs
  • U.S. military-issued qualification
  • Qualification by state/local licensing authorities

In addition to the certification and training of crane operators the new rules also hone in on inspecting ground conditions, crane assembly and disassembly, operating near power lines, and the use of safety devices and crane inspections.

It is expected that the final approval of all of the regulations will “likely take more than a year.”

Sources:

(1) Devlin, Barrett. The Associated Press. September 18, 2008.

NAHETS Crane Operator Training & Certification

Member schools of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS) across the country offer mobile crane operator training and certification programs. Each of the member schools are authorized to administer the NCCCO Mobile Crane Certification tests. They also offer training from instructors, all holding NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator Certifications, to prepare for the tests. Visit the NAHETS Crane Site for more information.

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NCCC Elects Non-Renewal Status with NCCER

Posted by nahets on September 12, 2008

On August 1, 2008 Northern California College of Construction (NCCC) elected to not renew its Accredited Training Sponsor and Accredited Training Unit status with the National Center on Construction Education and Research NCCER. In late August NCCC notified NCCER of its intended actions regarding election to not renew its training entity status with NCCER; however, the value of the NCCER sponsored training curriculum; i.e., Contren Learning Series will remain an integral part of the NCCC and all NAHETS member schools’ curriculum.

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Video Hot Tip: How to Jump Trench with Backhoe

Posted by nahets on May 2, 2008

All of us have seen the “yellow metal” on the road side while driving to work, but many of us do not know exactly what those machines are capable of doing, let alone know how to operate them. Sure we know that a backhoe can move dirt around and dig holes. Surely it can’t be that hard to get in a backhoe and just drive it around. But the matter of fact is that you don’t use a backhoe just to drive it around; you use a backhoe to operate it, and that may take more skill and experience than one may think . . . and surely there is more to a backhoe besides just moving dirt around…

To illustrate what it takes to be a true heavy equipment operator on a daily basis, we’ll take a look at a video hot tip from a NAHETS online industry resource–Yellow Metal TV. In response to an actual question from a heavy equipment operator in Wisconsin, Blake Vernon–Heavy Equipment Instructor for the Nevada School of Construction (NVSC)–takes us through a specific scenario on how to jump a ditch with a backhoe while a form board is already in place . . .

Short Version

Full Length Version

*If you do not see the videos see (1) Short Version & (2) Full Length Version

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Recent Fatalities Spark Action for Crane Regulations

Posted by nahets on April 9, 2008

Last month, seven people died when a crane collapsed in Manhattan, NY; two others died in Miami after a crane collapsed. The incidents have not only triggered modifications for crane safety in these cities, but in other cities across the country. With only 15 states and 6 cities currently requiring crane certification, these recent events have caused many to visit and revisit the proposal for city and state laws concerning the matter.

Background

With few state regulations in place, the federal government oversees crane safety, largely through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). One requirement is having a “competent person” to inspect all crane equipment before use. Although few cities require some form of pre-operations inspection, this responsibility currently falls mostly to the employers, who have authority to designate a “competent person” to inspect cranes. Employers are also responsible to make sure all employees (crane operators) are “competent,” “qualified,” or “certified” to perform their tasks; however, there is no set regulation on specific training programs or certifications.

NCCCO

OSHA does recognize NCCCO certification as verification of meeting OSHA training requirements. The NCCCO is a private certifying organization for crane operation. The 15 states and 6 cities that require certification use NCCCO certification.

  1. http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=21009
  2. http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=1332

Miami-Dade County Ordinance

Taking effect March 28, three days after the March 25 accident, this is a local ordinance in the Miami-Dade County. The ordinance was proposed by Audrey Edmonson, County Commissioner of the Crane and Heavy Advisory Committee. The proposal requires trained experts to inspect all crane equipment, the certification of all crane operators, as well as a hurricane preparedness plan. This proposal will ultimately give inspectors and building officials authority to inspect and decide if the cranes safe enough to operate; they will also have authority to revoke or suspend building permits if the cranes fail to meet safety standards.

This ordinance also defines tower cranes as “permanent structures,” instead of “temporary structures.” This basically means that the cranes have to meet the same safety requirements as high rise buildings, which means there will be more requirements to meet.

  1. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/story/473173.html
  2. http://www.globest.com/news/1124_1124/miami/169445-1.html

Regular crane inspections vital for safe crane operatingBrooklyn Hearing Scheduled for Crane Regulations

On April 29 the City Council’s Housing and Building Committe will hold a hearing to discuss changes in construction site safety at high-rise sites. In light of the Manhattan accident, the participants’ main focus is to ensure that all sites are safe for all workers and the public who walk around the developments on a daily basis.

The Buildings Department also started inspecting all crane sites on March 20. New York City officials have also ordered that inspectors must be on site to raise or lower any cranes.

  1. http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=5&id=19589
  2. http://www.newsday.com/news/local/am-crane0320,0,5233399.story

Other Cities Taking Action

The recent Miami and Manhattan accidents have caused other cities and states to consider modifying their crane operating safety procedures:

  • Dallas, TX–officials are in the beginning stages of increasing crane safety
  • Stamford, CT–Mayor Dannell Malloy has requested more frequent crane inspections
  • Charlotte, NC–has reported 10 crane-related deaths since 1997, and has renewed concerns in crane safety after the Miami and Manhattan accidents.
  • Denver, CO–Corkey Wassam, crane operator of 35 years and field representative for Winslow Crane Service, speaks out on crane safety.

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New Corporate Website–NAHETS.org–Unveiled

Posted by nahets on March 11, 2008

dotorgblog.jpgThe National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS) launched its new corporatewebsite–www.NAHETS.org–on February 28, 2008. Unique from the existing NAHETS sites, NAHETS.org is an information-based site that focuses solely on sharing relevant company information and industry news with an expanded audience–partners, industry companies and associations, and employers.

What is the purpose NAHETS.org?

Already with a universal site (www.NAHETS.com), a leading job placement site (www.yellowmetalusa.com), and program and curriculum-based sites (www.heavy-equipment-school.com & www.yellowmetalbootcamp.com), NAHETS discerned the need for a website that was filtered to the business relationships of the heavy equipment industry. NAHETS.org is unique because its primary purpose is to communicate to industry companies, partners, and employers, instead of primarily towards students as other NAHETS sites.

Central to NAHETS.org is that it avoids the heavy traffic from students while maintaining a credible reputation for the industry. Although the NAHETS.com site is a more “all-inclusive” site, its heavy focus on students can detract from the experience of those not looking to attend the schools; i.e., partners, employers, and industry associations. NAHETS.org maintains enough design and information to be useful to students, but mostly meets the demands of non-student visitors by focusing on relevant content for NAHETS and the heavy equipment and construction industries.

Where did it come from? Who was involved? How long did it take?

The concept of “employers vs. students,” or in other words, the idea of website communication to the business relations of NAHETS, in addition to students, has been a goal of Executive Director, Matt Klabacka, since he founded NAHETS in 2005. After various evolutions of the main NAHETS.com site, Klabacka realized that one site, by itself, was not enough to create the desired student and business relationships. After discussing the matter with NAHETS personnel, Klabacka launched the NAHETS.org undertaking.

With ideas coming from Klabacka and other personnel, including Mike Martens (Director of Operations), Rhett Nielson (Creative Director), and Brian Thornton (Technology and Marketing Director), Klabacka turned the creation of the site over to Mike Wille, Internet Manager. Wille spent months designing and testing the site before its February 2008 take off.

What are its features?

Wille created the site using a modern design scheme, making it compatible with the appearance of related industry sites. NAHETS.org also incorporates the latest in website technology:

  • Cold Fusion to power the website with the most current information and news from a database
  • Video Streaming in the “Schools” and “Videos” sections
  • RSS Feed from the company and video blogs to the “News” section of the website

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Just the beginning

This release of NAHETS.org is just the beginning. The site is designed to continually grow with updated company and industry information and news. We invite everyone to come back and visit the site frequently, as well as pass the word along to family, friends, employers, etc.

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JCB Unveils 60 MPH “World’s Fastest Backhoe Loader” to Assist U.S. Army

Posted by nahets on February 15, 2008

Help is on the way for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but not in its usual form. This time “help” is the “JCB High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE),” a.k.a. the “world’s fastest backhoe loader.” I like to think of it as the “Batmobile of Heavy Equipment.” Its speed, mobility, and design will improve the capabilities of field commanders in front patrols. See batmobile of heavy equipment for the original article. See website directly below for video and other multi-media HMEE resources.

JCB HMEE Military BackhoeJCB HMEE Site

A few highlights of the article:

Specs

  • The HMEE travels up to 60 mph on paved roads and cross country surfaces
  • Full suspension and ABS brakes
  • Computer diagnostics
  • Run-flat tires and roll-over protection
  • 17.55 tons with armor and 15.75 tons without armor
  • 6.7-liter diesel
  • Lifts 2.2 tons, digs 13 ft deep

Purpose

  • Provide battlefield commanders more capabilities in front patrols
  • Increase Mobility and counter-mobility
  • Provide water and supplies, build burms, lay electrical lines, etc.

JCB Construction Equipment is the creator of the HMEE. It was 4 years in the making and built specifically for the U.S. Military. JCB is the world’s largest privately owned construction business.

Here is brief video about some other JCB military equipment.

Sources

http://www.acppubs.com/article/CA6518489.html?rssid=112

http://www.jcb.com/hmee/

 

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Job Fair and Grand Opening for Northern California College of Construction

Posted by nahets on February 5, 2008

From Marci Monteiro, Placement Director:

Northern California College of Construction (NCCC) just held our first job fair in addition to a grand opening. This event was a huge success. We were able to take this opportunity and get great publicity about the school, and also create some awesome job leads for the graduates. Employers also had a chance to visit the campus and to see what we are all about. The following employers participated in the job fair:

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• A Plus Material
• Adecco
• Blois Construction Inc.
• Burns Robert Construction Inc.
• Business Industry Association
• Caltrans
• Central Valley Rentals
• City of Stockton
• DSS Construction
• East Bay MUDD
• Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
• Granite Construction
• Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
• Operating Engineers
• Raytheon Polar Services
• Robb’s Earthmoving Service
• Sheedy Drayage Co.
• Solano Construction
• The Hire Source
• US Army
• Visionary Home Builders

Northern California College of Construction would like to thank all of the employers who participated in this event, and contributing to our community!! Thanks to everyone here at the NCCC for getting it set up!

We had a live broadcasting from the radio station the HAWK 104.1 and The Stockton Record newspaper published an article about the school and its training. Many showed up to witness the ribbon cutting by Campus President Charina Olitan. There was over two hundred in attendance at this event!! We had a great time, and look forward to the next job fair!

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Article on Northern California College of Construction Published in “The Stockton Record”

Posted by nahets on January 30, 2008

A few weeks ago Charina Olitan, our campus president, contacted The Stockton Record news department and invited them to our job fair and grand opening of the Northern California College of Construction (NCCC), which took place January 25, 2008. As a result of the invitation, the next day The Stockton Record sent out their business reporter to the NCCC campus to interview Charina and take some pictures of the site. Shortly after, The Stockton Record published an article about the NCCC on their website. The article is entitled, “Construction school flourishes at Port of Stockton.”

NCCC Article on The Stockton Record Website

The article describes the heavy equipment training process of NCCC. It goes into some detail about the different training levels and programs, and also states how the students who train and graduate from NCCC can help satisfy the demand for skilled heavy equipment operators in the industry. Click on the above links to read the complete article.

The NCCC express thanks to The Stockton Record for making this happen.

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