NCCCO reviews operator code of ethics

24 April 2008

Recognizing that safe and professional behavior should be demonstrated by crane operators at all times, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is drafting an expanded code of ethics that would apply to all CCO-certified operators.

The code would cover a range of ethical issues, such as the requirement to “place the safety and welfare of people, the protection of the environment and the protection of property above all other interests” and to “demonstrate integrity, honesty and fairness in all activities and strive for excellence in all matters of ethical conduct.”

The requirement to maintain professional competence in all areas of work-related responsibilities, and to undertake assignments only when qualified by training or experience in the specific operations, is also being considered. The code would also seek protection for NCCCO's intellectual property, such as its exams and logo.

“All professional crane operators recognize that the CCO certification is a privilege that must be earned and maintained,” said Graham Brent, NCCCO executive director. “The code of ethics under consideration identifies the main elements of professional conduct that should be observed and upheld by all CCO-certified crane operators.”

CCO-certified crane operators who intentionally or knowingly violate any provision of the code of ethics would be subject to action by a peer review panel, which may result in suspension or revocation of certification, Brent added.

Procedures for investigating complaints against CCO-certified operators would also be delineated. “While NCCCO does not expect, invite, solicit or encourage complaints, these procedures are necessary to protect the reputation of the profession and to ensure a fair investigation of complaints,” Brent said.

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