Columbus McKinnon Now Certifies Advanced Riggers and Examiners for CIC

CMCO recently hosted a Crane Institute Certification (CIC) Advanced Rigger Practical Exam and Examiner Workshop. The hands-on workshop was held at our CMCO Niagara Training Center in Western New York. The instructor for this session was Mike Parnell, President and CEO of ITI. Mike is a qualified rigger and examiner for CIC. Mike is also the Chairman on the Rigging Certification Committee for CIC.

Candidates who participated in the workshop had to lift three types of loads: direct connection, indirect connect and bundled load.

Each candidate was evaluated for:

  • proper rigging inspection,
  • proper rigging technique and application,
  • pre lift meeting,
  • proper use of hand signals,
  • load control, and
  • post rigging gear inspection.

A defined set of rigging equipment per CIC guidelines was made available to each candidate. The choice of rigging to use was determined by the candidate. A 21 ton Terex mobile crane, supplied by Clarke Rigging of Lockport, NY was also used for the workshop. The mobile crane and practical testing course were set up on the two acre property at the CMCO Niagara Training Center.

CMCO is pleased to announce that Peter Cooke (CMCO Rigging Training Manager) and Henry Brozyna (CMCO Corporate Trainer) are now Certified Advanced Riggers and Examiners for CIC Advanced Rigging and Signal Person Practical Exams. Chris Zgoda (CMCO Trainer) also completed his basic rigging signalperson certification. The CMCO Niagara Training Center is now a CIC practical exam site. This will assist construction crews in becoming compliant with the new OSHA Cranes and Derricks in Construction Regulation.

The CMCO Niagara Training center is a hands on training center located 15 minutes from Niagara Falls, NY. The facility has two 3 ton overhead crane systems, 2 Loderail work station cranes and a jib crane. It features a two acre lot for mobile crane set up. In addition to the cranes, the facility houses an overhead crane display with a Yale Global wire rope hoist. This display is a great tool for the hoist/crane technician workstation which is used for hoist and crane inspection and maintenance certification. The Yale, Budgit, Shawbox hoist history museum is a must see when training at this center. The museum features many of the original hoists from this product line.

Columbus McKinnon is hosting a Qualified Rigger Training Workshop on Oct 25 – 27, 2011. The course consists of rigging gear inspection, basic rigging, hand signals and advanced rigging. Participants can choose to take the CIC certification exam as an option on Oct 28. Register here or call 1-800-888-0985 ext. 5540.

For more information on Columbus McKinnon’s complete training program please visit

From the Columbus McKinnon blog.  By Peter Cooke.

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