The Volumetric Mixer Manufacturers Bureau, a National Ready Mixed Concrete Association affiliate, has finalized certification criteria aimed at building operator professionalism and providing proof of industry-specific knowledge. The Volumetric Mixer Operator Certification Program can be used to provide a career path while improving customer service skills, along with company and industry image. Open to candidates with at least three months’ on-the-job experience, the NRMCA-administered program spans Safety, Concrete Technology, Volumetric Operation and Maintenance, and Customer and Company Relations sections. Each is covered in a VMMB workbook outlining a standard of knowledge and skills a professional volumetric mixer operator should possess.Read More
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has issued a one-year extension, to November 18, 2018, for precast concrete or construction fleets bound by Standard 1926.1427 – Operator Qualification and Certification. It requires operators of 2,000-lb. or higher capacity cranes to be 1) Qualified, where they are observed working safety and knowledgably, and have documentation on file; and, 2) Certified by passing written and practical exams administered through Crane Institute Certification, National Center for Construction Education & Research, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, or other accredited body.Read More
Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.
A 10-question NPCA survey is aimed at helping address the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s impending crane operator certification rule. Though the rule does not take effect until 2017, NPCA notes potential issues with one of the certification exams because it tests on knowledge of larger cranes that require more complex load chart calculations than the boom models typically used in precast delivery. The association seeks survey participation from U.S. and Canadian members, as boom truck operator certification would apply to producers in the latter country shipping to job sites over the border. The survey can be completed here.Read More
Source: National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), Fairfax, Va.
The first phase of a new program, CCO Boom Truck—Fixed Cab (BTF) operator certification is now available for businesses operating fleets with truck-mounted cranes. The CCO Boom Truck—Fixed Cab (BTF) written exam is a modified version of the CCO Telescopic Boom—Fixed Cab (TSS) written exam.Read More