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To address demand for preparatory training and certification exams tied to one of the more popular material handling devices in building and construction material delivery or transfer, Orlando-based Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB) has expanded its National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Articulating Crane Operator program offerings. Articulating cranes, primarily known for material delivery, have been adopted to perform tasks previously handled by telescopic boom mobile cranes.

"The many tasks that articulating cranes are being used for has led to some confusion as to if the operators are required to be certified under OSHA 1926 Subpart CC," says CICB General Manager Jerry Longtin. "Market growth for articulating crane operators has come, in particular, from the utility, energy, precast concrete, railroad, roofing, and rental industries. In addition to a substantial increase for Articulating Crane Operator Preparatory Training and NCCCO exams at our training centers, the requests for programs to be held at clients' locations across the U.S. has tripled."

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, he adds, defines construction as "work for construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating." Construction materials delivery is typically classified as "general industry." If a crane facilitates a construction activity while delivering materials, however, that is considered "construction" in OSHA terms and Subpart CC rules apply.

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Publication:Concrete Products
Date:Jan 1, 2019
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