NCCER and NACB to Sponsor CRC ConExpo

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and North American Crane Bureau (NACB) have been named event partners for the Crane and Rigging Conference (CRC), co-located at ConExpo-CONAGG, on

Friday, March 25, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev. CRC is produced by Maximum Capacity Media, publisher of Crane Hot Line and Lift and Access magazines.

NCCER, Gainesville, Fla., is a not-for-profit education foundation created to develop industry-driven standardized craft training programs with portable credentials. In partnership with NACB and Prov, the organization offers an ANSI accredited and OSHA recognized mobile crane operator certification program and a certification program for rigger and signalperson. Its certifications are portable, industry-recognized, and verifiable in real time through NCCER’s Automated National Registry.

“Crane and rigging safety is of the upmost importance in the construction industry, and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the North American Crane Bureau (NACB) are proud to be sponsoring a conference like the CRC that will focus on this issue,” stated Steve Greene, vice president of NCCER and Joe Crispell, vice president of NACB. “Initiating conferences addressed specifically to safety and compliance is a decisive step for the industry, and we are looking forward to the information and discussions that will be a part of the conference. Being co-located with ConExpo-Con/Agg, along with the impressive list of speakers, further ensures the success of this conference.”

In 2011, Lake Mary, Fla.-based NACB celebrates its 25th anniversary as a training provider for operators of mobile, tower, and overhead cranes, as well as forklifts, aerial work platforms, and rigging. NACB has continued to expand its operations, with facilities in Florida, North Carolina, and Texas. In the future, the company plans to enter two additional regional markets in the United States and continue its expansion into Central and South America, and other world markets.

“We are pleased to welcome NCCER and NACB as sponsors of CRC,” said Mark Bridger, publisher. “Their participation lends key support to an event designed to offer ConExpo attendees superior education opportunities,” he said.

The conference includes five educational sessions, one of which is a panel discussion designed to guide contractors and crane owners through the path to compliance with the new OSHA1926.1400 regulation for cranes and derricks in construction. Other topics include technical discussions of load charts, rigging, and risk management.

CRC is conveniently located at the Riviera Convention Center, just a short walk from the Gold Lot, where most cranes will be on display. Registrations are being taken now for CRC, which costs just $275 and includes lunch and coffee breaks. You must also be registered for ConExpo in order to attend CRC. Go to www.crcconexpo.com for information.