Sixteen crane operators from the United States and Canada will move onto the Crane & Rigging Hot Line & CIC Skills Championship, which will be held in March 6-7 at ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas. Two additional operators will have a chance to join the 16 operators in a qualifying round on March 4-5 in Gold Lot Booth 2975 at ConExpo. Operators attending the show are encouraged to pre-register on www.craneoperatorrodeo.com to assure a spot in the qualifier competition.
The Crane Operator Skills Championship is a partnership between CIC and Crane & Rigging Hot Line, supported by organizations that include Liebherr, Houston International Insurance Group, Slingmax, The Crosby Group, Hirschmann, DICA Outrigger Pads, and InfoChip. The competitions are designed to acknowledge the special skills it takes to be a crane operator; introduce the profession to young people; and educate local governments and businesses about the role training, experience, and certification plays in safe crane operation.
Mike Smith, safety director of Crane Rental Corp., Orlando, Fla., said the course challenges accurately demonstrate the skills an operator uses on the job at a construction site. These tests are modified versions of the practical exams administered by CIC for crane operator certification.
Smith said of the regional event he attended: “It’s all about the control, whether or not the hook is 250 feet away from the crane, or it’s working right up close to the machine shaking out iron. It’s a very hard skill to master. It’s definitely a good thing to be able to come out here and show your skills.”
At ConExpo, operators will compete on a 265-ton Liebherr LTM 1220-5.2 all-terrain crane, featuring a 197-foot main boom. Liebherr is the official crane sponsor of the National Operator Skills Championship.
The New York City authorities have announced new legislation that limits the age of cranes operating in its jurisdiction. The bill prohibits mobile and tower cranes manufactured more than 25 years ago from operating in the city. It is the latest in a series of regulatory changes since two fatal accidents in 2008. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and buildings commissioner Robert LiMandri released a statement explaining the new bill. The document stated that cranes would be removed from service based on the original date of manufacture, or based on the age of the crane’s oldest component, depending on which was greater. Crane owners would also be required to outfit all cranes with load cycle counters to record data regarding every lift that a crane performs which the office of the mayor believed to be critical to setting maintenance schedules and overall operability over a crane’s service life.
The department said that it would require crane owners to update their crane fleet and make new cranes available will help maintain New York City’s position as a worldwide leader in construction. The bill was introduced to the city council at the request of the mayor, following years of research on practices in other jurisdictions and extensive engagement with the City’s development and construction stakeholders.
New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg, said: “New York City has some of the toughest crane regulations in the world, and we enforce crane regulations more stringently than anywhere else. Since 2008, the city has adopted more than 25 new construction safety laws, conducted tougher inspections and raised licensing standards for crane operators. This legislation builds on those efforts by ensuring only state-of-the art, highly reliable equipment is transforming New York City’s skyline.”
Since 2008, the New York authorities have increased their oversight of crane operations across the city, including expanded inspection checklists, more training for crane inspectors, updated exams, stricter licensing requirements and several new laws and requirements. Some of the regulations include: The requirement of national certification and mandatory re-testing every five years for licensed crane operators; The submitting of detailed plans for the erection/dismantling of a tower crane; The arrangement of a safety meeting prior to the erection, jumping and dismantling of a tower crane; A mandatory 30-hour safety training course for tower crane workers; The inspection and certification by the engineer of record prior to jump or climbing; Prohibition of the use of nylon slings unless recommended by the manufacturer; and the requirement of a third-party engineer inspection of a tower crane before an approval for erection.
An operator dismantling a self-erecting tower crane in Germany is said to have made an error that resulted in the crane overturning at a site in Osterhofen Bavaria. Thankfully on one was hurt in the incident which occurred on Friday.
The tower of the crane went over the back of the counterweight and landed on a garage completely demolishing it. Two houses either side were reportedly untouched.
The crane was supplied from the rental fleet of Kaiser Baumaschinen, which dismantled and carted it away yesterday. A police statement clearly blamed the overturn on operator error, although it has not been confirmed if any independent accident inspectors had seen the crane before it was removed.
THATS NOT A RIGGER^^^
Well not the rigger we will be talking about. When I first got my riggers license and people asked me what I do for work I would say "im a rigger" the next thing they would always ask is... whats that??? In construction riggers mostly put up structural steel which consists mostly of columns, beams, purlins and guying cables. They also put up and take down the tower cranes and hoists.
The picture on the left shows a rigger putting up a cable, it looks like he is doubling the cable back to the top, applying bulldog grips to the cable and using them to assist his climbing. Apart from being in black and white you can tell its an old photo due to the lax OH&S standards, you will notice he is not even wearing a hardhat or gloves which are pretty much mandatory on all sites these days.
A good proportion of riggers work in construction but others also work in the energy and telecommunications sector.
In Australia for someone to apply for a rigging license they must already have a dogmans license as a rigger will often have to direct a crane to get a piece of steel into the correct position with the crane before and during the installation process.
The main tools of the construction rigger are a good leather tool belt, podger, tape measure, level, rattle gun, cumber-long, chain block and a nice heavy hammer especially if you are working on the tower cranes and need to knock those big pins out.
If you live in Sydney whether you work in construction or not you would of no doubt heard of 'corruption issues' brought up on television and in print. Its also a hot topic at the moment in parliament and AM talk back radio.
For all unfamiliar CFMEU is the union that construction workers are covered under in Australia. In a lot of ways the construction union is good, it gets the workers to unite together making them more team players, it help the workers to secure decent wages, they help their workers make claims if they are injured or have been ripped off and the union will look into safety matters that are raised by its members.
My understanding of the issue that bought 'union corruption' to the forefront was the death of a worker at Barangaroo in Sydney. As construction workers may or may not know is their compulsory CBUS superannuation has cover for death (I believe it is up to $250,000)
The issue for this unfortunate worker was that his employer was "allegedly" not paying his superannuation and thus did not have the life insurance cover that he would of if his employer was doing what is required by law and paying the mandatory superannuation payments.
Journalists then uncover that this employer "allegedly" has a history of bankrupting companies without paying worker entitlements such as superannuation and "allegedly" may have ties to orginised crime.
This brings into question of why the CFMEU would give such a company with a director with such a track record the green light to work on this project?
The prime minister Tony Abbott has announced he would like a royal commission into union corruption, so this whole thing is kind of a big deal.
I have an opinion on this issue and I am quite angry about the whole thing. Firstly why why why are there so many companies out there in this country that do not pay superannuation, its supposedly the law to pay an ammount of 9% of what the employees wages are to their superannuation fund but I can tell you 100% there are companies out there that have never paid a cent to superannuation for their workers, and these are not small companies these are well to do people, pillars of the community so to speak... its a joke!
I know of one construction contractor that never pays super, and whenever an employee puts in a claim to get their super (you can claim against an employer at the Australian Tax Office website) the company registers as bankrupt with no assets and reopens again under a different name, effectively wiping the money owed to the workers. Id like to say that these companies are few and far between but no they are everywhere, and the government doesn't want to and wont crack down on them. Why? perhaps they dont want to slow down construction as it brings in good revenue to the government, perhaps they think it will make to many companies cease operating and thus reduce GDP and perhaps they just dont care about individual workers at the end of the day! After all the issue of superannuation not being pay is an issue that a government at a far later time will have to deal with.
Lets also remember that we supposedly have government orginisations that supposedly regulate companies to ensure the rule of law is upheld, we have the Australian Tax Office, we also have the Australian Securities and Investments Commission that regulates companies. It would be nice if we had an inquiry into certain individuals at the ATO that use the orginisation to harass individuals with frivolous claims they have no chance of winning. ATO lost against Kerry Packer, Paul Hogan and they wont get a cent from me, but anyway back on topic...
It seems to me like this government is twisting this issue, its a classic straw man
A. Company is not paying workers life insurance and worker dies without cover
B. lets go after the construction union
To me the issue is the companies not paying the workers life insurance / superannuation / taxes etc not that out of the tens of thousands of companies that are doing this one or two have some association with the construction union.
The anemometer is the device that measures wind speed. It is called anemometer as anemos is the Greek word for wind, somehow they reserved the word and we are stuck with it, it would be much simpler to call it the wind meter.
The anemometer consists of four parts
Its also a good idea to have a flag to know what direction the wind is going. Generally if it is windy you want to avoid working 90 degrees from the wind direction on either side as this is the area where the crane will be pushed around the most. If you must just work with the jib pointing in the direction the wind is traveling to, also try to avoid lifting big light objects and objects that have a large flat horizontal area (such as formwork panels for lifts). If you feel uncomfortable with the wind speed leave the lifts till the weather has settled down.
This story highlights the dangers of lightning occurring whilst at work on a building site, this incident occurred earlier this week.
Four men on a building site in France were shocked and burnt yesterday morning after a bolt of lightning hit a tower crane in Saint-Jean-de-Luz just South of Biarritz in the South West of the country.
Two of the four men are seriously injured and were rushed to a hospital in Beyonne while the other two were treated in the local hospital.
The crane operator, 30 meters up in his cab, was uninjured in the incident, although somewhat shocked. He described the event as a massive ball of fire and a huge noise which rocked the crane as it ran down the jib and tower to earth.
There were two tower cranes and around 40 men working on the site of a new clinic at the time the lightning struck. The four injured men were standing closest to the crane.
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