Crane & Rigging Hotline announced in their May 2015 issue that industry experts and former Top Trainer award winners will judge the 2015 Top Trainer program. The Top Trainer award is presented by Crane & Rigging Hotline and endorsed by the Association of Crane & Rigging Professions (ACRP).
To nominate a crane or rigging trainer go to www.toptraineraward.com. The nomination deadline is July 31, 2015.
DICA is proud to support the Association for Crane & Rigging Professionals and other industry leading organizations such as Specialized Carrier & Rigging Association (SC&RA) and International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) that promote and support quality training.
Continue reading below for the full story.
Industry Experts, Former Top Trainers to Judge 2015 Program
Seven trainers with superior subject matter expertise in crane operations and rigging activities will serve as judges for the 2015 Top Trainer Award, presented by Crane & Rigging Hotline and endorsed by the Association of Crane & Rigging Professionals (ACRP).
The top trainer program brings attention to the importance of quality training in reducing crane and rigging accidents in construction and heavy industry. Trainers are recognized for having a positive impact on students, the work environment, or the industry through the use of innovative training techniques or hands-on instruction, by encouraging peer or corporate accountability, and/or through quantitative or anecdotal evidence that the training was successful.
“The journey to safety starts with trainers who lead the way,” saiid John Hellums, president of ACRP. “Once again, ACRP is pleased to support this program that recognizes trainers for promoting a culture of safety in their organizations.”
ACRP will supply two judges for the panel. They are Jeff Hairston of RHTC Inc., West Monroe, La., which provides equipment and rigging services, inspections and training, and Paul Kuber, a critical-lift advisor and consultant to Becht Engineering, who is currently on an assignment at the ExxonMobil Refinery in Baton Rouge, La.
For the first time since the program was established in 2008, four other experts – former Top Trainers themselves-will also serve as judges. “Winners are not eligible to be recognized again for five years, and yet we value the depth of knowledge and experience they have in this field,” said Katie Parrish, editor of Crane & Rigging Hotline.
2015 Top Trainer Judges
- Nelson Plumb, Operator, Trainer and Lifting & Rigging Advisor, Crossland Construction Co., Columbus, Kan.
- Sam Smith, Training Manager, North American Crane Bureau, Lake Mary, Fla.
- John Augustine, Owner, Sylvan Enterprises, Kingston, Tenn.
- Bob Berry, Training Director, Sims Crane & Equipment, Tampa, Fla.
- William “Hank” Dutton Jr., Senior Technological Specialist, Travelers Insurance Co., Hartford, Conn.
- Jeff Hairston, President, RHTC Inc., West Monroe, La.
- Paul Kuber, Critical-Lift Advisor and Consultant to Becht Engineering, Baton Rouge, La.
DICA, Guthrie Center, Iowa, has been specializing in building a better outrigger pad since 1988. By creating engineered solutions for improving equipment stability and ergonomic safety, DICA has led the way in product innovation that outperforms wood and steel alternatives.
DICA outrigger pads, crane pads, and crane mats are used in a wide number of markets around the world, including construction, electrical utility, oil and gas and tree care as well as local, state and federal government agencies.