Crane Surveyor Program Draws Interest from Legislative Groups

The April 2008 meeting of the Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA) in Carolina Beach, N.C., included an accident case study and practical discussions on re-roping a derrick, lubricating wire rope, the benefits of third-party inspection, tower crane setup and inspection, among other topics. The event included a plant tour of the Terex Cranes facility in Wilmington, N.C.

The CCAA meets again in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 26-28. Presentations will be made in keeping with the theme “Defensible Crane Inspections.”

In other business, the Certified Crane Surveyor committee reported that it has received interest from several states, namely Washington and California. In addition, “a regulatory agency has indicated a desire to use the CCAA Load Test Procedure as an authoritative standard in the evaluation of inspection proficiency,” said John Davis, CCAA executive officer.

The Certified Crane Surveyor test, usually administered by the CCAA on the final day of its national meetings, is designed to qualify the knowledge-base of an inspector. The test currently covers code requirements related to structural, mechanical, and electrical issues for mobile and overhead cranes. A tower crane test is now under development. Successfully passing the test demonstrates that the individual has the required knowledge to become a Certified Crane Surveyor (CCS).

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