NCCCO and the Construction Institute team to promote crane certification

24 April 2008

Pictured at the signing of the NCCCO and CI agreement are (from left): Richard MacDonald, president

Pictured at the signing of the NCCCO and CI agreement are (from left): Richard MacDonald, president of the Construction Institute and who is also vice president of Weeks Marine; and John Kennedy, pres

The Construction Institute (CI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has entered into a collaborative agreement with the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) aimed at promoting the benefits of crane operator certification.

The agreement, signed in late January in New York, provides a broad framework for cooperation between the two organizations in striving to promote the certification of crane operators as an effective means of improving job site safety.

NCCCO president John Kennedy noted that both organizations had a goal to improve crane safety in construction. “NCCCO's mission from the outset has been to provide an effective means of risk management through an independent assessment of a crane operator's knowledge and skill,” Kennedy said. “We are delighted to be entering into cooperation with the Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers with whom we share the common goal of saving lives and reducing the impact of improper crane operation on life and property.”

In addition to participation in each others' events and projects, NCCCO will work with CI's Crane Safety Committee to assist in the revision of its Crane Safety on Construction Sites publication.

Committee chairman Harlan Fair of Harlan Fair & Associates was a principal architect of the CI/NCCCO agreement.

The Construction Institute was created in 2000 as a semiautonomous organization within the American Society of Civil Engineers through a merger of its construction division, materials division, and Construction Standards Council. CI has more than 16,000 individual and corporate members in a variety of construction-related fields.

As part of its mission to advance the knowledge and practice of construction, CI develops guidelines, codes and standards, and provides continuing education opportunities for construction industry personnel.

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