The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) announces the launch of its new Committed to Crane Safety program. The new program recognizes employers who have demonstrated their commitment to safety by hiring CCO-certified personnel.
“Crane operators, signalpersons, and riggers receive recognition for their knowledge and skill related to safe crane operations when they are issued a CCO certification card,” said NCCCO Commission Chairman Kerry Hulse. “It is therefore appropriate that safety-conscious employers should also be honored for their commitment to safety.”
Companies that participate in this program have demonstrated that they are committed to crane safety by hiring CCO-certified personnel. They also usually have a hiring policy that requires or strongly encourages CCO certification. In so doing, they identify themselves as companies that strive for excellence in their hiring and training efforts. All companies that successfully qualify for entry into the program receive a special Recognition Package that includes the rights to use the exclusive CCO “Proudly Employing” logo(s), coverage of their efforts in national and local media, and other benefits.
“CCO certification has driven our operators to perform on a more professional level and raised their awareness of best practices,” said Jeffrey Hammons, vice president of Risk Management at AmQuip Crane Rental in Trevose, PA. “And our customers have a greater sense of safety and security knowing our operators are tested and certified in their craft.”
“Safety-conscious companies work hard to earn, maintain, and protect their reputation in the industry,” said Thom Sicklesteel, whose company Sicklesteel Cranes Inc. in Mount Vernon, WA is also a founding participant in the new program. “It’s appropriate that companies who use CCO certification to help qualify their workforce be recognized as well.”
Any company that employs CCO-certified personnel is eligible to apply for the Committed to Crane Safety program. Companies may apply for recognition within the separate programs established for employers of crane operators, riggers, and signalpersons. A Recognition Package and logo has been tailored for each program. Companies interested in demonstrating they are Committed to Crane Safety submit an online application along with supporting documentation.
There are no fees required for participation; all administrative costs are borne by NCCCO. Recognition is valid for one year. When a company is nearing its anniversary, an opportunity is provided for renewal.
To learn more about the NCCCO Committed to Crane Safety program—and to apply online—visit http://nccco.org/Committed_to_Crane_Safety.html or contact NCCCO Employer Recognition Program Manager, Tara Whittington, at:
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators
2750 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 505
Fairfax, VA 22031-4312
PHONE 703.560.2391, ext. 206