Trainers are selected by a panel of judges based on their use of innovative or hands-on instruction; encouraging peer or corporate accountability; evidence that their training is successful; and their overall impact on the students, industry, or environment.
“DICA salutes these trainers and all trainers who work to improve knowledge and safety in crane and rigging operations,” said Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA. “Great teachers and trainers do more than just share knowledge. They impart a greater understanding that supports recognition of risk and good decision making at critical moments.”
The 2019 honorees include:
Adam Franz, Mazzella Companies, was inspired to become a trainer after seeing an accident investigation at a large paper mill. The accident involved an improperly protected round sling that was cut by its load. The suspended roll fell, nearly landing on two workers beneath. Luckily, it was a near miss in terms of injuries, but the accident cost a million dollars in downtime, reported Crane Hot Line.
Randy Bucher, Crane Institute of America, had been an excellent trainer for years when in 2011 he found himself facing death from pancreatic cancer. For him it drove home the reality of what it is like for families of workers who die suddenly on the job. Fortunately for Bucher, his family, and the industry, he survived. In what he calls his second chance at life, Bucher’s passionate mission is instilling the importance of training properly so people can do their jobs safely and go home every day to the ones who love and need them.