New Mobile Cranes handbook is launched
By Sarah Ann McCay22 April 2014
Crane Institute of America has launched the 10th edition of its Mobile Cranes handbook by James Headley, providing a study guide for mobile crane operators who are preparing to take accredited certification exams.
The guide includes useful illustrations, clear explanations, and real-world examples, and covers essential topics on crane setup, operation, and hazards. First published in 1999, the 10th edition includes important updates reflecting the latest industry standards and best practices.
For the first time, Service/Mechanics trucks are referenced. The addition is important with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1400 requiring the qualification, or certification, of operators if the equipment is used in activities other than maintenance and repair.
Other topics covered by the guide include cranes types & components, load charts, conditions that reduce capacity, pre-operational inspection, crane setup, working near power lines, operating practices & procedures, and hoisting personnel.